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Major waterline break in Prestonsburg

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 11:10 AM EDT
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Crews in Prestonsburg were hard at work Friday morning after a major water line broke.

“Probably within two and a half to three hours, we will have traffic running again overtop that,” Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton said. “We won’t have asphalt down that quick but we will have traffic moving on this roadway.”

City leaders said the break happened 10:15 a.m.

Crews responded immediately to the incident, detouring traffic around the area while they fix the problem.

“They have different departments up there at the city utilities. All four of the departments that I know of have been out here working,” Stapleton said. “The vac-truck, which usually cleans lines and stuff like that, that truck is nothing but a big vacuum cleaner. They’re cleaning around the line, so that the water guys can go ahead and fix it.”

As of earlier Friday afternoon, there was only one street without water, affecting only a few businesses.

One affected business was Honey Bee Nutrition, who had to close for the day due to the situation.

“The water pressure was a big issue. We just sell beverages and we need water to do that,” Owner Regan Williams said. “We had to close down because of the water pressure alone, we just couldn’t keep up with the business.”

Local business owners were speechless when they saw the situation.

“At our location we rely on a lot of foot traffic, so, water being up in the street is a little crazy for everybody,” Williams said. “I was really worried about everybody’s safety as far as them coming.”

Stapleton said he was satisfied with the response time from the crews involved.

“City utilities, fire department, public works, they’ve all been working real quickly, and real effectively, and efficiently,” he said. “Within an hour we had traffic redirected and they’re solving the problem right now.”

Williams said she was not worried once crews arrived.

“Full confidence that the city officials and the utility workers are going to be able to manage the situation and fix it,” she said. “Perfect as it was before it happened.”

City leaders giving a message to the public if this happens again.

“Watch our social media, be aware of what’s going on,” Stapleton said. “Try to avoid the area right now, we don’t need people standing around watching. We have excavators and equipment swinging around.”

Stapleton said the road will be fully repaired with new asphalt Monday.

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