Crews spend day fixing Hixson Pike water main break

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Crews spent the day fixing a water main break at Lupton Drive and Hixson Pike.

Early Wednesday evening it was fixed, but then another break occurred.

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Shortly after, crews were able to fix the second break.

Rivermont Paint and Body Shop employees, like Tony Holt, watched it all play out on Wednesday morning.

“Just basically looked up and saw a bunch of water coming down the road and I looked up and saw the asphalt being pushed up from all of the water from the pressure. I guess from the water, the pipe had busted and stuff and it was a wall of water coming through here. I mean it almost came through the front door at one time. I guess it eased off enough that it basically just stayed off in the road,” Holt said.

Tennessee American Water officials say this is one of their larger mains.

They say valves were shut to stop the water from flowing, so crews could isolate that main break and begin the repair.

During this, officials say most residents in the area were without water.

Holt say this isn’t the first time there’s been a water main break. He says during the winter there was one in the area, just 100 yards away.

“It is worse this time because it affected the road. you can see where the road has buckled in places, plus they’ve got one lane of traffic open and the intersection where 15 thousand cars go through a day. It is going to be an inconvenience to a lot of people,” Holt said.

He say it is an inconvenience for customers too.

“They can’t get in and out of here. You can get out one way and you can get in one way, but they don’t know that, so they don’t know how to get in here so they are going to be at a disadvantage,” Holt said.

After the repairs are done, he hoping nothing like this happens again anytime soon.

Officials say the two southbound lanes will remain closed until at least Friday.