Water main break floods part of Waterside Drive in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Crews and police officers responded to the scene of a water main break on Waterside Drive in Norfolk Thursday.

Images and video from the scene show water flooding across one side of the street across from the Waterside District.

Harry Kenyon, spokesman for Norfolk Public Utilities, says a 12-inch water main broke.

The only area affected was the Waterside Parking Garage, according to Kenyon. Crews shut down water for the garage and notified the Fire Department because fire suppression will be affected.

Gallery: Water main break on Waterside

Kenyon said Thursday night that the main had been repaired. The westbound lanes of Waterside were closed from Atlantic Street to Martins Lane for several hours. The road has since reopened.

Those who were out in the area were shocked to see the water main break.

“It’s just unfortunate. In the middle of the day, we have a water main burst. The busiest time of the day,” said William Burfoot.

Burfoot says he was at work when one of his employees told him about it.

“I came out to investigate,” he said.

The water main break was caused by a broken clamp connecting two pipe pieces, according to Kenyon.

 

The Waterside District was not affected by the water main break and says they operated on their regular schedule Thursday.

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