The flooded track made it impossible for trams to travel along the Washington Avenue towards the city center. In the vicinity of Kinowa there was a water supply failure, a huge hole in the ground was created. Remedial work is underway, but the tracks have been restored.
The tram traffic was restored after 12 o’clock. Earlier, Warsaw Public Transport informed that due to the blocked passage in the area of Washington and Kinowa avenues, lines 9 and 24 were redirected. Trams marked in this way had to go along Grochowska and Zieleniecka streets.
The reporter of tvnwarszawa.pl Artur Węgrzynowicz was there. – The track is flooded towards the center – on the section from Grenadierów to Kinowa. It’s several hundred meters – he pointed out. He added that part of the intersection of Washington Avenue with the Grenadiers was flooded, but car traffic was normal. – There is a team of waterworks on site – our reporter said.
He also specified that the failure occurred at the height of 41 Washington Avenue. – On the section of the pavement next to the block of flats, a breach was created in the pavement, which was washed away by water. Apart from the waterworks, there are also the police and the services of the Warsaw Trams, said Węgrzynowicz.
A huge hole in the sidewalk
– We see a huge hole in the sidewalk, created by the flowing water. One lane is disabled. I managed to find out that the water workers had already turned off the water. On the other hand, so much has flowed out that huge amounts of it, along with soil or mud, are located near the leakage site, also along the track – described Węgrzynowicz on TVN24.
Spokesman for Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji, Marek Smółka, informed in an interview with tvnwarszawa.pl that it was a bus failure with a diameter of 400 millimeters. “We are already working on removing it,” he assured. And he added: – The outflow flooded the track towards the center. The tram traffic is stopped for the time being. For now, it is difficult to talk about the causes of the failure.
MPWiK assured in social media that the failure did not affect the water supply for residents.
Main photo source: Artur Węgrzynowicz / tvnwarszawa.pl