Water main break hinders St. James Christmas preparations

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Water main breaks equal inconvenience in a lot of cases.  On Franklin Street, it meant a road closure and people without water.

Water everywhere and confused drivers -- those are just a few of the problems that breaks like these often cause.  In fact, that was just the tip of the iceberg for St. James Episcopal Church where there was no water.

Rev. Randy Hollerith says, "we thought we could limp by today, but when I came in at 7:30, there was none at all, just air coming through the pipes.  We have no toilets, so the staff can't stay, and there's lots of end of the year stuff going on Christmas preparation taking place."

Reverend Randy Hollerith says fortunately, a lot of the staff was able to work from home, but he shared another big problem -- not being able to prepare food for the soup kitchen.

Hollerith says, "what we do is we prepare meals several times a week for Freedom House, so we will have to postpone this one or either cook it somewhere else.  We can't very well have our meal for several hundred people with no water."

This is a very busy area, but if there's a silver lining if you will to all of this, it's that because of the time of year, a lot of VCU students have already gone home for holiday break, so there is less traffic coming through here than on a typical Tuesday.

"Most of these are VCU housing, so the students won't be affected too badly, so it could have been worse, it could have happened at a different time," Hollerith said.

Drivers were having a tough time in this area; we saw a number of folks nearly stopping in the middle of the road after being startled by the road closure.

Hollerith says at this point his staff is praying for a Christmas miracle; they are really hoping that these water main issues are fixed by at least Christmas Eve because they have thousands of people attend church that day.

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