Several Durham businesses left without water following hours-long water main break

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – People on North Roxboro Street in Durham woke up to flooded and damaged roads due to a water main break Wednesday.

It happened around 6 a.m. in the 4200 block of North Roxboro Street.

Crews worked throughout the day to fix the issue, but not fast enough for nearby businesses left without water for the day.

Lindas Nails put out a sign to notify customers that they couldn’t perform popular services, even having to postpone appointments.

“It has been an inconvenience for us, we have had to cut down on services like we aren’t able to do manicures, pedicures just things like that so it does affect us water-wise,” said Yessenia Vargas, owner of Linda’s Nails.

A Total You salon closed up shop early for the day.

“We have to shampoo hair, we do chemical work and then our clients have to wash their hands and it’s a big challenge because we can’t use our restrooms or anything so you know being safe is better than being sorry’” said Ruth Lawson, a cosmetologist with A Total You Salon.

Meantime, the staff at FloraLily Florist had to bring buckets of water from home to keep their fresh flowers alive.

“Those buckets basically saved us and our day because otherwise we couldn’t operate without water,” said Freddy Perez with FloraLily Florist.

The water main break also lead to road closures at North Roxboro between Denfield and Fairfield and caused major traffic slowdowns throughout the day.

The water main break was repaired shortly before 5 Wednesday evening.

It’s still unclear what caused the problem.

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