The water main break has forced crews to close North Front Street between Princess Street and Market Street.
Front Street will be blocked off overnight while crews fix the water main break.
Water could be seen bursting through the ground and rushing down Front Street
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Water has been restored to a section of Downtown Wilmington after a water main break that closed businesses Wednesday night.
The break forced crews to close North Front Street between Princess Street and Market Street overnight. Roads are currently back open.
Approximately 35 residences and businesses affected by the break were placed under a precautionary boil water advisory (PBWA) for the remainder of Thursday and into early Friday morning.
However, that advisory was lifted around 3:30 a.m. Friday.
Chief Communications Officer of the CFPUA, Mike McGill, said the break was from a failed connection between a water main and a fire line. We are in constant contact with McGill, and will let you know when he gives the all clear to lift the advisory.
Several bars and restaurants in the area had to close early Wednesday night because they were without water. Residential buildings in the area were also without water.
LOCAL BUSINESS REACTS
Some Front Street businesses shut down due to the lack of water, but one business persisted and kept its doors open for customers on Thursday.
Employees at Dirty Harry's Burrito and Juice Bar used other means to continue serving product.
We are using bottle distilled water, bottled sodas. Everything to keep business running as usual," explained Erin Newman, of Dirty Harry's. "We're buying our own ice. We're not touching any of the water."