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September 4, 2013

Water main break creates problems for downtown

MERIDIAN — A large break in a water main in downtown Meridian Saturday led to some residents and businesses being affected.

    According to officials with AT&T, Meridian Public Works Department employees were called to 22nd Avenue and Front Street to a report of a large amount of water spraying along the area. It took some time for Meridian workers to locate the shutoff valve in order to start finding and fixing the breakage.

    "Unfortunately, in their attempts to fix their problem they hit one of our cables and disrupted service to some of our customers," said C. D. Smith, regional manager for AT&T. "The whole episode was an unfortunate accident brought on by an emergency and we are working closely with the City of Meridian to get all the services back on."

    Calls and messages to Hugh Smith, interim director of Meridian Public Works, were not returned.

    AT&T workers were in a large hole at the corner of 22nd Avenue and Front Street Tuesday trying to find the exact location of their damaged service line so they could determine what type of repairs would have to be made. Smith said a small number of customers were impacted by the accident and he hoped they would be getting their complete services back on very soon.

    The water main break did result in the closure of one downtown business Saturday night. Weidmann's Restaurant, located at 210 22nd Avenue, closed its doors for Saturday night because they didn't have any water service. Employees for Loeb's clothing store on Front Street said they lost some water pressure for a short period of time Saturday but that it didn't affect their operations. Some apartments in the downtown area, mainly along Front Street, did lose water service for a short time Saturday.

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