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Columbus Recovers from Waterline Break, Flooding

COLUMBUS -- City crews worked around the clock Tuesday to solve problems caused by Monday's water main break in downtown Columbus.

The troubles ranged from a compromised water supply to flood damage. Near the 24-inch waterline rupture at North Fourth and East Gay streets, the road risked collapse.

"The road is literally up like a box and opening up like a present," one caller told 911 dispatchers Monday evening. "It's just a huge hole has opened up in the road."

Witnesses said Gay Street became more of a river than a roadway.

"We watched as the water got higher and higher," said Sheridan Munson, who lives downtown. "(We) wondered about people with lower level condos, if water got into their basements."

The basement did flood in one office building where 30 employees could not come to work. The owner said the water caused a transformer to blow, creating a dangerous electrical situation inside.

Aside from flood damage, the break had the city issuing warnings about water sanitation.

While running water had reportedly returned to buildings by Tuesday morning, users were advised to boil it for at least one minute before consuming it.

Regarding the flooded streets, the city said cleanup would take several more days. Officials said the hole on Fourth Street would be filled by Friday.

The break was related to the record-low temperatures blasting through the Midwest Monday and Tuesday.

Click here to read more about how the city is handling weather-related infrastructure problems.

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