DeKalb County Water Main Break: Full Story & Must-See Details

Elias Hubbard
March 7, 2018

A large water main break flooded the Buford Highway near Atlanta on Wednesday - impacting schools, hospitals and other services. Workers were finally able to shut off the flow of water from the break at about 8:30 a.m.

Elementary schools in DeKalb County are closing at 10 a.m., high schools at 11:15 a.m. and middle schools at 12:15 p.m.

Conor is a writer and editor for COED.

-DeKalb WorkSource's Returning Citizens Expo has been cancelled for today and will be rescheduled. DeKalb County Schools chose to close early as a result. DeKalb County Police Headquarters in Tucker was without water service Wednesday morning, as well.

October 5, 2017: A 36-inch water main broke and sent water rushing through a Decatur neighborhood, flooding homes.Gallons of water seeped from underground and gushed down Parkhill Drive in Decatur for hours, residents reported.It took crews more than 7 hours just to find the break, according to news reports. Students participating in early morning activities will be contacted by someone from their school.

If it feels like there's been a rather steady drip, drip of water breaks in DeKalb of late, you're not wrong. The break, which reportedly occurred when a pipe froze during wintry conditions, forced DeKalb County Watershed to make repairs during below-freezing temperatures.

The city of Avondale Estates sent the following announcement to its residents.

The situation was so severe that authorities opened the DeKalb County Emergency Operations Center and deployed state government resources to deal with the ripple effects from the break, officials said in a mid-morning update. DeKalb County Watershed Management has not announced a time for service restoration. People with medical needs were competing with people who were stuffing their shopping carts full of cases of water.

More information will be communicated as available.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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