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500K Gallons Lost in Chapel Hill Water-Main Break

Posted January 25, 2008 5:48 a.m. EST
Updated January 26, 2008 7:14 a.m. EST

— A water-main break in Chapel Hill early Friday left part of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard covered with ice, and closed part of the thoroughfare.

Traffic on the street was limited to one lane northbound and one southbound between Rosemary and Stephens streets. Drivers were asked to take alternate routes.

The break happened around 1 a.m., and water flowed for hours. An estimated 500,000 gallons were lost, Greg Feller, a spokesman for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority.

Repairs to the water main were completed, and water service was restored by 11 p.m. Friday, Feller said. Traffic returned to normal after crews cleared the area.

Police blocked off Martin Luther King Boulevard near North Street. Crews later reopened some lanes, but ice was a concern for part of the morning after the water froze on the road. Crews put down salt and sand to help drivers.