UPDATE: Water main repaired at Hull and Midlothian

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Crews have been working around the clock since Saturday to get a water main break at Hull Street and Midlothian Turnpike fixed, and the Department of Public Utilities announced that is has been fixed this afternoon.

The cold weather continues to keep utility crews busy repairing broken water mains.

"Not surprised. Everyday you see and hear about it somewhere. Well, this morning it's in my front yard! We'll deal with it," says Luther Caudle Jr. And that Luther did. He's the owner of the Roof and Supplies Inc. business, right next to the water main break. He heard about this mess on our morning news and knew he had to get prepared.

"Ran out to Chesterfield, got a couple of drums of water so people can flush the toilets," says Luther.

Meanwhile, crews continue to fix things underground. The problem started Saturday AM. Crews finally found where the leak was coming from overnight. The fix is taking so long because crews are having trouble finding where the broken pipe connects to the main water supply.

The break caused some problems for drivers on their commute.

It is also hitting Luther's business. "I've got a side entrance and the people that know about it, can come in behind the building. Other than that, it may hurt business a little bit."

Some other water main breaks in the area did cause people to be stuck without water for hours.

Crews tell us this year has been constantly colder than last year, and with old pipes underground, the cold weather causes them to burst.

There were nearly a dozen in the area since Sunday.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.