Two lanes reopen on Clairmont Road after water main break - CBS46 News

Two lanes reopen on Clairmont Road after water main break

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Two lanes reopened, one going each direction, on Clairmont Road Thursday evening after a water main break. The other lanes remained closed from Century Boulevard to I-85.

The road, which is a popular cut-through, was closed around noon Wednesday due to a 30-inch water main break.

The pipes, more than sixty years old, are proving challenging to repair. That's because crews have to reconnect pipes made from different materials.

"One is made of Iron, and one is made of steel. This means that a patch can't be used because it's different material and also, it means that the outside diameters are slightly different," explained Burke Brennan, a DeKalb County spokesman.

Brennan said an estimated 300 homes and businesses were without water.

"I went to jump in the shower and realized there was nothing running, so I had to turn around and do what you have to do with bottles of distilled water," said Monalisa Sarin, who lives nearby.

Once a successful repair is made, water will be immediately restored. The latest estimate on when that might happen is sometime Thursday evening.

The remaining lanes on the road were expected to reopen in four or five days.

Brookhaven and DeKalb County police are detouring traffic. Drivers are encouraged to avoid this area.

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