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Crews repair Cobb Parkway water main break

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One of Cobb County's busiest roads is almost back to normal after a water main break.

It happened Saturday night in Marietta on Cobb Parkway near the big chicken.

Workers said some bad welding caused a pipe to slip out of another one, sending water gushing to the surface at 10,000 gallons a minute.

The break made quiet the scene when it first happened.  It also made for a huge mess, and fixing it wasn't much better.

Crews had to get the pipe out and put a new one in, which turned out to be a challenge with traffic, power lines and other pipes getting in the way, but they did have one thing going for them.

"It came at a good time because the weather is good.  If it was raining it would be more challenging," said Bob Kenyon with the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority.

Even though the pipe was off to the side, part of Cobb Parkway had to be shut down.  That's never a good thing for businesses in the area, but some said it could have been a lot of worse.

"If this were to happen during the week, it would be pretty bad," said George Bergerac with Northern Tool and Equipment.

But what about the weekend business?

Bergerac said the timing couldn't be better.

"If it was going to happen, this was best weekend that it happened," said Bergerac.

That's because it's the one day he not only expects it to be slow, but said he almost hopes they are slow.

"Being Mother's Day weekend, those guys usually get in hot water for not being home with wives or their mom," said Bergerac.

He may be OK with business being a little slow, but he said that's not the case when it comes to the workers fixing the pipe.

"Monday mornings are pretty busy on 41, and if that's not done, it can make for a mess not just for our business, but for others along 41," said Bergerac.

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