Broken main leaves some DeKalb residents without water

by: Ashley Swann Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Attempts to fix a water main break in DeKalb County turned into an all-day affair, leaving drivers with a major road closure and many residents without water for several hours.
 

Dunwoody residents told Channel 2’s Ashley Swann that crews came out to fix what, at first, looked like a minor break but turned out to be much bigger.
 
“It was like Niagara Falls coming out of the street right there, so I knew something major was going on,” resident Steven Berkowitz said.

It happened around noon Sunday on Tilly Mill Road at Madison Drive. Many residents were without water for several hours.

“During lunch, I couldn't fill up the water bottles, so that's really what hit home with me is that my kids couldn't get water when I was trying to get ready for the soccer games this afternoon,” Susan Blum told Swann.
 
Also creating headaches was the road closure the fix caused. Crews shut down Tilly Mill not far from Peachtree Industrial between Laurelwood Road and Briers North Drive for most of the day. Drivers attempting to get through were forced to turn around.
 
“We had to take a circuitous route to get here,” Blum said.
 
By 9 p.m., the Blum’s water was back on and crews were finishing the job. She says she’s just relieved to have water again, and to know that the road will be open Monday morning.

“The work day's never good with traffic, so that was good. They did a good job. They worked really hard,” said Susan.
 
County officials are still working to determine what caused the break.