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Businesses, residents impacted by massive water main break on Hwy 280

(WIAT) - 3:00 PM: Repairs on a water main break are complete, the BWWB says. An estimated 2,000 residents and some businesses had previously been without water. One gas station had water inside ankle deep, and employee told CBS 42.

Michael Clark has a full report on the CBS 42 News at 5.

12:23 PM: The BWW originally estimated repairs lasting between six and eight hours. Due to the presence of fiber optics near the water main, BWW will have to coordinate with other companies which may delay repairs. 

ORIGINAL: People traveling on Highway 280 into downtown Birmingham saw major delays Wednesday morning after a water main broke at the intersection of Greenhill Parkway causing large amounts of flooding. 

Water fountained from the break for hours while crews worked to detour traffic and get the water turned off. 

Westbound lanes on Highway 280 have since been reopened, but businesses and residents in the area will be impacted during the repair. 

Hub Harvey of Shelby County EOC says that water along the Highway 280 corridor will be turned off. People who are in the Birmingham Water Works board service area will be without water for most of the morning. 

The Birmingham Water Works reported working on the 20-inch water main break. According to BWW, nearly 2,000 customers may be affected in the area and experience low pressure or no water. BWW also says the repair could take anywhere from six to eight hours. 

Customers can call to report leaks and emergencies at 205-244-4000. 

ALDOT is on the scene studying the area for the potential of a sinkhole. 

The water flooding from the break made it's way to the Chevron gas station. 

“I knew it was going to be ugly because when it floods over there when it rains really bad, it kind of floods over there and sometimes it comes in there," said Niki Jemison, a Chevron employee. "But this is really bad compared to regular water you know but this is really bad so it’s deep in there.”

Healthy Smiles of Birmingham has reported that it will be closed today due to no running water in a Facebook post. 

Officials are not sure how many businesses in the area will be impacted by the break at this time. CBS 42 will keep you updated on other businesses that may be impacted as information becomes available. 


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