Water main break snarls busy Washington Road traffic

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

AUGUSTA--A water main break on busy Washington Road caused quite a mess for rush hour drivers and left homes and businesses without water into the afternoon.

Water gushed into the street until crews were able to shut it down.
Crews say things should have been back to normal as of 5 o'clock Wednesday.

It's still unclear what caused the main to break. Crews were called in as early as 5:30 Wednesday morning.

The break happened between Bertram Road and Eisenhower Drive. Most businesses in that area were without water, left to turn customers away during the typically busy lunch hour. Homes in the area were without water as well.

Closed signs were up and empty parking lots were wet not just from the overnight rain.

Five Guys manager Donna says, "we can't do our dishes...we can't do our potatoes and that's our trademark is our potatoes."

Some restaurants made the most of it and that means ice.

Somewhere in Augusta Bar and Grill manager Karen Miller says, "plenty of ice machines that are full from the night....so we've melted some of the ice to do a little bit of cooking that sort of thing...heading to the store to buy some soft drinks."

For them, it was a concern for the employees too.
Miller says, "well the servers had already came in and the last thing we want is for them to lose money...they've got bills to pay as well ..I mean the owners do, the managers do."

Water crews out there first had to dig out the line to find the damage and that's when they found an eight foot crack.

Crews didn't want to rush repairs because the water lines are 30 to 40 years old.

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