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Water Main Break Disrupts Businesses, Restaurants

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Millions of gallons of water gushed out, creating a headache for residents, restaurants, schools and even a hospital. Millions of gallons of water gushed out, creating a headache for residents, restaurants, schools and even a hospital.
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) - For almost 48 hours, crews in Petersburg worked to fix a major water main break near South Crater Road and Morton Avenue.

Millions of gallons of water gushed out, creating a headache for residents, restaurants, schools and even a hospital.

"We had to close a little earlier because the water pressure had dropped," says Marlon Lewis, owner of VA Flavors.

The Petersburg Health Department said most of the restaurants in the affected area had to shut down.

But some were allowed to stay open because they brought in bottled water, boiled their water, or, in some cases, restaurants only kept restrooms open for workers and not to the public.

"The employees, they are working there in their jobs, so they need to have the ability to use facilities, wash their hands adequately," says Julie Henderson of the Virginia Department of Health.

Crews fixed the water main, but everyone will have to keep boiling their water until 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.

The city will be handing out water once again Wednesday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Food Lion off South Crater Road.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond


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