DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A large water main break left a winter wonderland near Tilly Mill and Womack Roads in Dunwoody Wednesday.
The break happened near the Dunwoody campus of Georgia Perimeter College around 2 AM. Freezing temperatures quickly turned the water to ice, covering the road, construction equipment and power lines in the area.
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It took nearly 8 hours for crews to get the keys to an excavator on sight, to use its bucket as a shield.
A county spokesperson says letting the water run until the repair is ready to be made is actually a good thing, to maintain water pressure for businesses and homes in the area.
But in this case, Burke Brennan admits, it was creating a dangerous situation as the power lines started to sag under the weight of the ice.
"Had that been able to go on another hour or so we might have had power outages and that would be a real big problem," said Brennan.
But since the power did not go out, Georgia Power decided to let nature take its course, melting the ice naturally as temperatures warm.
According to DeKalb Spokesperson, Burke Brennan, crews on the scene have determined a temporary pipe was not properly protected from the cold.
The break resulted in a loss of water at the college campus. Classes don't start until Monday, but the school is conducting registration and orientation.
"So far our students have no idea that this major disruption is going on, our staff, our faculty have really pitched in and it has been business as usual," said Margaret Ehrlich, Dean of Academic Services.
Dunwoody Elementary School also lost water. DeKalb County School District spokesman Quinn Hudson said about 940 students there were transported to Dunwoody High School, per evacuation protocol. They were returned to the elementary school for dismissal.
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