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Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

Water main break repaired on Ann Arbor's Yellowstone Drive

By Lisa Carolin

Note: this story has been updated.

The Ann Arbor Water Department this afternoon completed repairs on a water main break under Yellowstone Drive in the northeast part of Ann Arbor. The break was reported at 8 a.m. this morning, water utility supervisor James Gilbreath said.

Repairs were completed around midafternoon, and the problem is not believed to have damaged any homes in the area, Gilbreath said. Aging pipes and the weather turning colder likely led to the break.

Yellowstone Drive was the site of a lawsuit by residents against the city of Ann Arbor that stemmed from sewage backups in several residents' homes. On Sept. 3, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the city, having found that "there was no improper design or maintenance by the city of Ann Arbor of its sewage system."

The lawsuit listed 21 plaintiffs and arose from an Oct. 3, 2008 water main break under Yellowstone Drive that allowed water to enter a sewer manhole. The water then went through a portion of the city's sewer into private sewer leads, and then into residents' basements.

In May 2010, Washtenaw County Circuit Court found the water main break caused the residents' basements to flood and not a defect in the sewage system. A three-judge appeals court panel agreed with the decision in the September 3 ruling.