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Water main break from Atlanta streetcar project has businesses on edge

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The owner of 71 Barbers Institute, Carlos Mahone, said a water main break caused by a contractor who hit the line during the streetcar project construction is one blunder of many.

The break at Edgewood Avenue and Courtland Street around 3:30 p.m. Friday forced Mahone to close early.

"It can be really frustrating, there is a river of water out here," Mahone said. "No one can get in to us. We had to let students out the back door and no customers from across the street can come in and get a haircut."

Crews worked to cap the busted main as quickly as possible, but water gushed into the streets for hours.

"It was like a river," Cindie Phanhmixay said.  Phanhmixay works at Dee's Market next door to 71 Barbers Institute. 

"Business has already been slow. But, with the river down the street it has been really slow."

The streetcar project is something crews have been working on for the past couple of months and Mahone hopes nothing else happens.

"They broke the gas main twice," Mahone said. "They have been moving utilities, moving manholes, putting in new street poles, so they busted a gas line twice and now it is the water.  We try not to think about the money we've lost. A few days of losing business at a few thousand dollars every day, it can add up."

Crews expected to fix the problem late Friday night but because the water line is close to the gas lines they are unable to fix the main line the way they normally do. 

"Crews can't move the gas lines,"  Janet Ward, the Atlanta Watershed Authority spokesperson said. "Right now, they're stymied."

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