Water main break closes Ash Street between Providence Road and Fourth Street

Saturday, July 12, 2014 | 4:30 p.m. CDT; updated 7:11 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2014

COLUMBIA — A water main broke on Ash Street early Saturday morning.

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief John Metz said the department received a call about the break at 8:41 a.m.

The street will be closed between Providence Road and Fourth Street until the water main has been repaired. The repairs should only take two or three hours but can't begin until all the utility lines have been identified, main line supervisor Michael Ussery said Saturday afternoon.

Four Columbia Water and Light customers — a Break Time gas station, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis Columbia Rent-A-Car and Advance America Cash Advance Centers Inc. — lost water service from the break. Ussery said the reason for the break cannot be identified until workers start working on the break itself.

"We'll break the street open, dig down and find it," Ussery said.

The break is nothing out of the ordinary, Ussery said. Once the repair is complete,  workers will temporarily fix the break in the road with gravel. Columbia Public Works will take care of properly repairing the road, but that process might take longer depending on their schedule, he said.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.

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