The splashes shooting from beneath tires on Dave Lyle Boulevard on Monday morning weren’t from the recent rain.
Rock Hill utility crews were out repairing a site on Sirrine Street where water bubbled out of the ground and onto the much larger, parallel Dave Lyle. The site is across Dave Lyle from the Northside Recreation Center.
Crews were still repairing the site as of 9 a.m. Most of the water ran down Sirrine, but enough spilled onto Dave Lyle for drivers heading toward downtown to spray water back toward crews.
The spill didn’t appear to be any sort of threat to public health.
“Crews are fixing a water leak,” said Katie Quinn, spokesperson for the city.
Only utility, and not fire or other emergency crews, responded. Chuck Haynes, director of the York County Office of Emergency Management, said the issue didn’t pose a threat.
“It was a small water main leak from this weekend being repaired,” he said. “Nothing major.”
The section of Sirrine Street is residential, with about a half dozen former mill homes dating back a half century or more. Those homes are much further down the water main line than the more severe spill earlier this month impacting service across York County.
On Oct. 9, about 30 million gallons of water spilled due to a busted pipe at the city’s water plant on Cherry Road. That spill happened much closer to the water intake on Lake Wylie, causing a boil advisory for two days across not only Rock Hill but Fort Mill, Tega Cay and other parts of York County.
State officials praised city crew efforts to contain that larger spill, which impacted about 120,000 customers.
There haven’t been advisories or notices for water customers in the area of the Sirrine Street spill.
Andrew Dys contributed.