Freezing temps causing water main breaks

- Extremely frigid temperatures are causing water main to burst across north Georgia.

Atlanta Watershed they are working several incidents involving broken mains.

About 35 homes, including three fire hydrants, along River Road in between Peachtree Battle and West Wesley Road, were without water for after a break there.

"I got up this morning and saw water running into the creek so, it's all muddy, so I walked up here and saw it coming out in the middle of the street and called the water department," said Michael Schroder.

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Neighbors said they saw the leak lowing around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and said it started to soar into the air later that afternoon.

Schroder said he got worried when he saw the muddy water flowing from the new break in the pavement. He and other neighbors said they don't want a sinkhole forming on this turn. When this geyser stopped gushing, so did the water in their homes.

"Well great. so I'll go home and have no water. Terrific," said Schroder.

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For this break, Atlanta Watershed officials said a 6-inch main broke open causing the flood. This is something they see when the temperatures dip below freezing for an extended period of time. Officials said they responded to about seven calls Tuesday and are prepared to handle much more as the freezing weather is expected to continue.

Late Tuesday night, another report came in this time in the 1900 block of Moores Mill Road near the corner of Bolton Road and Coronet Way. There an 8-inch main broke, but in this case, it will likely force lane closures through at least Friday.

Much earlier in the day, the Atlanta Streetcar was forced to stop its service due to a water main break near the of Carnegie and Spring Streets.

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Atlanta Watershed said anyone who sees a break should call 311 or report it on their website at

But Atlanta was not the only municipal water provider experiencing issues. East Point and College Park share a drink water provider. They have been busy with similar calls, one which even caused a Boil Water Advisory.

Crews are also working to lay down salt and gravel around breaks to help prevent black ice.

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