DeKalb Ave. remains closed after water main break

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb Avenue at Elmira Place is closed again Friday morning, as crews look to fix a leak in a water main which broke Thursday morning.

Morning commuters are being advised to take McLendon Avenue or Memorial Drive as alternate routes.

Water service was restored on Friday afternoon, but the street remained closed between Moreland Avenue and Candler Street.

DeKalb Avenue reopened late Thursday after after being closed most of the day due to a water main break.

It happened before 6 a.m., and snarled traffic throughout the day.

The break shut down traffic on DeKalb Avenue between Moreland and Candler. This caused massive traffic problems at a spot only two miles from Downtown Atlanta. Crews originally hoped to have it fixed before the afternoon rush, but then moved the estimate back to about 8 p.m. As for why the break occurred? It may have had something to do with Tuesday's cold temperatures.

"It could be the temperature changes. We just don't know right now," said Scheree Rawles with Atlanta Watershed Management. "When it goes from cold to hot and then back to cold, it causes the pipes to expand, and that could be one of the reasons the pipe broke."

One house and one apartment complex were affected in terms of losing water. One place that did keep the lights on -- Fox Brothers Barbecue, right across the street. It saw a full customer load on Thursday, despite the back-up from the break.

By Thursday night, water service had been restored to the area, and the road was reopened. Officials said that crews would return on Friday morning to perform street repairs. There will be single-lane closures as a result, officials said.


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