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Downtown Employees Speak a Week After Water Main Break
DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- We're hearing from an employee of a business severely damaged by the water main break, in Downtown Columbus and city workers who braved the grueling sub-zero temperatures to fix it.
Rush hour in Downtown Columbus today is a dry contrast to this time exactly a week ago. Ground zero for the water main break was just feet away from Showe Management Corporation. Vice President Scott Hunley says flooding forced employees there to work from another location. "The lower parking garage was fully under water. So one car was damaged and there was quite a bit of damage to the utilities for the building," Hunley said.
A 24 inch pipe ruptured underground, making an icy, slushy mess. Downtown streets looked like rivers. Crews worked through the night repairing the line.
Tonight, Columbus City Council members recognized dozens of city employees for hours of work in the freezing cold. Mike Spriggs was one of them. "It was like a war zone. My kids play video games and it was just like that. It was just a sea of water," Spriggs said.
Workers even got high praise from Mayor Michael Coleman. "These public employes are very, very good. Very solid and they came together in a time of crisis and an emergency," Mayor Coleman said.
Now, the worst of that emergency is behind them. But, Scott Hunley says his business still has a ways to go before everything is back to normal. Electrical repairs could take a few weeks.
The cost to repair the water main, according to city water officials, $34,000. That includes labor and materials.