When you live in a city that's been around for a while, you get all the benefits of classic architecture, beautiful wide streets...and antiquated infrastructure. Portland, Oregon, like many cities in America, has plumbing and sewer systems that aren't quite up to date, and sometimes, they fail catastrophically. In this case, a water pipe along Burnside Street popped open after a century of service, putting emergency Portland plumbers on overtime duty as they worked to stop the leak and replace the broken section of pipe.
Middle of the night ruptures are an ongoing issue in the fall and winter in Portland, thanks to freezing and subfreezing temperatures that put stress on ancient pipes made from a variety of materials and heavily worn by time. This may have been the first rupture of the season, but it's unlikely to be the last. Are you ready for interruptions in water service caused by freezing temperatures?