Crews investigate water main break in Oak Creek Thursday morning

CREATED Oct. 3, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 3, 2013

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OAK CREEK - It rained and poured today, but not enough to cancel out the thousands of gallons of water that spewed from a water main break.

Engineers at Oak Creek Water & Sewer tell TODAY'S TMJ4 a pipe burst alongside the 10300 block of Route 32. The city responded to the break around 4:30am; the break gushed more than 300 gallons of water per minute.

"We get breaks in summertime like we do in winter time," Fred Fairbanks, one of the engineers working on the break, tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "It picked it's time to fail and the time is now."

This particular pipeline delivers water to more than 200 homes and WE Energies, who uses the water to cool its turbines.

Fairbanks reports the pipes date back to 1979.