Businesses forced to close due to Durham water main break on Roxboro Street

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
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A water main break sends tons of water gushing onto Roxboro Street in Durham.

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A water main break sent tons of water gushing onto Roxboro Street in Durham, even damaging some businesses in the area.

"The side of the building that faces Roxboro...the water is coming through the bricks through the doors--everything, so we have wet carpet. We have wet boxes that were on the floor. We have wet everything," one employee said.

The water main broke around 3:30 a.m. on Roxboro Street near Denfield Street. It took crews nearly 4 hours to shut off the water.

Health providers in the area, including a dentist office and a Duke Health primary care office, were forced to reschedule patients.

There were also other businesses on the street that saw a temporary closures like Chick-fil-A and Starbucks. But those locations only closed due to the lack of running water in the area; they did not have to deal with flooding issues. So they were able to reopen when crews got the water flowing again.