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For a second day, traffic is tied up in the McCully area. A broken water main is causing plenty of headaches for drivers.
But it’s more than just a traffic problem. The broken main spewed water for about three hours.
It was a wet mess Thursday night after a 16-inch water main burst, sending a torrent of water into the street fronting McCully Shopping Center.
The incident caused heavy-duty damage — a massive hole and a big mess to clean up.
“Thousands of gallons of water, for a city with a limited supply of fresh water, it was really depressing to me,” Phuket Thai Restaurant employee Avalon Coley said.
The Board of Water Supply says at least 200,000 gallons were lost as the incredible water works kept going for about three hours.
“That’s a very unfortunate situation, but our troubleshooter had to be dispatched from a location that was outside of the area and like all other motorists in the area, he had to fight traffic to get here,” BWS spokesperson Tracy Burgo said.
When a troubleshooter arrived, it took some time to slowly shut off the valve.
In the meantime, nearby customers were drying up.
“We are usually pretty busy here, but not yesterday,” Coley said.
Phuket Thai had no water pressure and was forced to close, losing thousands of dollars in business.
“Hearing that McCully is closed, I can’t imagine how bad the traffic is going to be from this, really, really bad. This is going to kill our business for today, too. Last night we didn’t make anything. We had to shut the restaurant down at 7 p.m.,” Coley said.
Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant is also hurting for a second day.
“Slow, definitely slow. Normally right now we are all backed, but we only have two to three tables in there,” Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant employee Angela Koc said. “Right now, it’s Mother’s Day weekend and graduation, so very bad.”
The pipe that burst is about 60 years old.
Repairs have been made, but crews are working into the night to patch up the hole.
If you had damage to your car when the road flooded or a loss of business, you can file a claim.
Please call (808) 748-5000 and ask for the Claims Management Specialist.
Click HERE to view photos from water main break.