Thorndike St. in Palmer re-opened following water main break

Weather had nothing to do with the pipe bursting

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Police shut down a section of Thorndike Street in Palmer Thursday night, due to a major water main break.

palmer-water-main2Palmer Police Lt. Christopher Burns told 22News that the break occurred at around 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Thorndike Street was shut down from Lawrence Street to Park Street.

When 22News arrived on Thorndike Street, crews were working to make the repairs, removing water out of the sinkhole and onto the street to clear out the mess under the road.

David Majka, the superintendent of the town’s water department, said about 20 houses on Thorndike Street were without water following the break.

He said about 400,000 gallons of water was lost, and the pipe broke because it’s about 50 years old. He said the weather had nothing to do with the pipe bursting.


Thorndike Street finally re-opened to all traffic at around 6:00 Friday morning.

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