Crews finish repairs on broken water main in DeKalb; road remains closed

The 20-inch water main break happened in the 900 block of Clairemont Avenue. Officials said the main broke around 9 a.m. Sunday.

DECATUR, Ga. — Nearly 22 hours after a water main broke in Decatur, crews have finished repairs Monday.

But the road remains closed as the clean-up begins.

The 20-inch water main break happened in the 900 block of Clairemont Avenue. Officials said the main broke around 9 a.m. Sunday.

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DeKalb Watershed Management said the water main repairs were completed around 4 a.m.

All lanes on Clairemont Avenue remained closed from Scott Boulevard to North Decatur Road throughout the day. The road was expected to reopen around 6 p.m.

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Police say if you’re leaving or trying to enter the city of Decatur, Church Street is a suggested alternate route.

“This is quite the mess out here,” Decatur police Sgt. Bender said in a post on Facebook. “It’s a big lake out here on Clairemont Avenue.”

DeKalb County officials issued a statement just before 11 a.m. Sunday, saying any customer experiencing brown water should run their faucets until the water is clear.

Channel 2′s Audrey Washington was at the scene, where neighbors said water was flooding their yards and basements.

“It was thousands of gallons of water pouring into the front yard, yeah,” John Bennett said. “It is what it is, and we’re getting it fixed the best we can.”

Joleen Hillius lives near the pipe and said she’s been anticipating some headaches.

“I don’t think we’re going anywhere,” Hillius said. “It’s going to take a little while, so it’s going to be ugly.”

Neighbors told Washington that they do have water.

Customers experiencing issues should contact 770-270-6243.

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