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Updated: 1:14 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 | Posted: 7:19 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013
By Catherine Bilkey and Tina Terry
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
UPDATE at 10:20 p.m. July 5: Remount Road was reopened after the water main break.
A water main break is still causing problems for some small South End businesses -- even though the line wasrepaired hours ago.The line ruptured Thursday night on Remount Road near South Boulevard. The street is closed Friday as crews fix the pavement.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department said sometime when a 16- inch water line ruptured. Crews had to cut through the pavement to fix the line causing problems for drivers trying to get to work Friday. "Yeah, definitely I was going to go that direction. I guess I'm going that way now. That will cost me another 10 minutes," said driver Blair Bryant. The problem also hurt business owners like Barbara Burke. She owns the Canine Café where customers pay to pamper their pets with tasty treats and spa treatments. "I had to turn customers away, because we had no water and they can't use my puppy spa without it," Burke said. There are two other businesses in the small shopping center. All of them were impacted by the street closure. Burke said customers usually drive down Remount Road to get to her business. She spent the day hoping for a quick fix. “Financially this hurts, it really does. We have to make a certain amount daily to keep this going," she said. CMUD officials are unsure when the work will finish.Officials said Clanton Road can be used as an alternative route while Remount remains closed.
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