Reflections on Silver Lake

After a water main broke in Reflections on Silver Lake, streets were flooded and sand washed onto Barbra Street. This image was taken after the water was turned off.

SEBRING — A water break in Reflections on Silver Lake and another in Sun ‘n Lake of Sebring spilled water on streets, flooding the areas surrounding them.

Streets were flooded with water and sand in Reflections on Silver Lake in Avon Park. Sand washed onto Barbra Drive as a result of the break, and yards were flooded.

Jim Ervin, who delivers newspapers for the Highlands News-Sun, noticed that the streets were flooded in Reflections on Silver Lake when he was delivering newspapers on Tuesday.

“I came in and the road was covered with water, so I called the cops,” Ervin said. “I thought it was a sink hole. About 60 yards of the road was under water. A neighbor had called the water department, but the cops were the first to arrive on the scene.

“As I was leaving, a guy from the water department came,” Ervin said. “When I came back around later, the water had been turned off.”

The City of Avon Park repaired the water line Tuesday, and a boil water notice was put into effect.

“We don’t know what caused the break,” Josh Turner, from the City of Avon Park water utilities department, said. “We were notified about 3 a.m., and we had the problem wrapped up around 10 or 10:30 a.m.

“A boil water notice was put into effect, but that should be rescinded by tomorrow [Thursday, Sept. 13],” Turner said. “There were no issues on the first set of water samples, and we don’t anticipate any problems on the second sample. We have to send samples from two consecutive days on the water.”

A water line broke on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Sun ‘n Lake, and the utilities department performed a temporary fix that day, but the official water line repair was completed around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The main water source was temporarily shut off for Sunrise Drive, Manor Drive, Manor Lane, Lunar Street, Monza Drive and Hampton Woods while a crew addressed the problem.

These areas in Sun ‘n Lake were also placed on a boil water notice, but that notice has been rescinded following the satisfactory results from a bacteriological survey. Residents can now safely drink the water.

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