Gushing water main break closes major Durham road, affecting 50 customers

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A water main break in Durham closed a section of S. Alston Avenue Thursday morning.

Water started gushing out of the road around 4 a.m. at the intersection of Riddle Road after an 18-inch pipe was damaged. The damaged water main serves southeast Durham.

The water is rushing approximately half a mile down the street.

At 11:15 a.m., Durham officials said around 50 total customers, both residential and business, are without water.

Service is scheduled to be restored by 6 p.m. Thursday.

S. Alston Avenue is closed between Riddle Road and Pear Tree Lane.

Durham police said S. Alston Avenue will be closed while crews work to repair the water main break. Once reopened, officials confirmed to Holloway that the break should also be fixed.

The cause of the break is not yet determined.

CBS 17’s traffic anchor Laura Smith suggests drivers use Apex Highway to get around the road closure.

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