Water shutoff surprises Langley

Last week water was shut off along Second Street in Langley, forcing some businesses to close.

The Braeburn Restaurant, for one, missed its popular breakfast and lunch window Tuesday because water service was cut. The new water main was being installed, and the construction team originally thought it would use valves to limit disruption. That was not the case. Instead, water was out much of the morning Feb. 25.

“Some of the people experienced longer outages than we had anticipated,” said Jeff Arango, Langley’s director of community planning.

“They did the best they could,” Arango said. “But because it happened so fast, warning was not given through the system we had.”

Replacing the old water line was one of the major hurdles in the 100-working day project that also includes replacing the stormwater line, power poles and rebuilding the road between Cascade and Anthes avenues.

“It’s good to have that part of the project done with,” Arango said, noting that other than the water disruption the project has gone smoothly.

Excavation of the south side of Second Street started Monday. New power poles were slated to be installed this week, and an email notification from Arango said each business and property owner would be notified about when their power may be out. Cascade Avenue’s stormwater improvements are expected to start Monday, March 10.

Parking remains limited on the street, but city leaders have promoted parking areas at the Island Church of Whidbey on Sixth Street and Cascade Avenue and the parking lot adjacent to the Langley United Methodist Church on Third Street and Anthes Avenue.

“From my observations, parking is a bit constrained around Second Street, but parking is available,” Arango said.


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