DORAL (CBSMiami) – A water main break in Doral had a major roadway shut down at the worst time of day.READ MORE: New Daily Virus Cases In Florida Lowest Since July
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer made progress Monday night as they work to fix the break that left businesses without water and made rush hour traffic a real nightmare.
“We just saw a bunch of traffic. It was insane. It took us an hour to get here. We had to take the back road to get here. We couldn’t get through,” said Kimberly Cartagena, who drove to an area restaurant with her two friends.
Chopper 4 was over the scene off NW 41st St. and 114th Avenue as county officials say millions of gallons of water gushed out flooding several streets.
“Part of the street got buckled up because the water came from underneath. That’s where it cracked. You probably saw it when the choppers were up,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, whose district includes the City of Doral.
The City of Doral says it all happened when a contractor working on the Doral Boulevard Beautification project hit an unmarked water main that ruptured flooding the area between 114th and 117th avenue.
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer got on scene to make repairs. “The first thing we’re doing is shutting off the water valves. It’s our hope by later tomorrow we will have the water pipe fixed at which point we will turn on the water pipe,” said Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Director Kevin Lynskey.
As crews worked to make repairs, businesses were fighting an uphill battle — losing customers because streets were closed and operating without water.
“We’re going to have to close early because of restroom. At the moment we’re using bottled water,” said Silwen Jareack who owns Layali Miami restaurant.
Although crews are working to get water back up and running in the area, some people will have to boil their water until further notice. The areas affected are from NW 136th Place to 107th Avenue and from NW 41st Street to NW 34th street.
Another area affected — from NW 107th Avenue to 109th avenue and from NW 41st St. to 42 street.
Additionally, Miami-Dade College cancelled classes at West Campus due to the break.
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