Water shoots 75 feet into air after main breaks near downtown San Antonio

Water main break at Broadway and Grayson detours traffic

SAN ANTONIO - A water main break forced a road closure early Thursday morning, and sent water more than seven stories into the air.

The water main break occurred around 1 a.m. in the middle of the southbound lanes of Broadway at Grayson. Officials said the 24-inch cast iron main ruptured on its own.

Water shot 75 feet into the air and gushed onto the street before SAWS crews began to work on the issue.

Southbound traffic was detoured as crews began to look for the break. As they started digging, they hit a gas line, which CPS Energy then had to repair.

Repairs were expected to take several hours, and SAWS crews expected traffic to be detoured through Thursday afternoon.

Several businesses at Pearl Parkway reported being without water Thursday morning. SAWS was able to restore water to most of the businesses mid-morning.

"We can't open until they get the water on. We can't use the restrooms or make tea or hand washing or anything, so we're just going to have to wait until they get the water back on," said Timothy Lang, owner of Timbo's.

SAWS restored water just in time for the noon rush at Timbo's, which Lang said amounts to half of the daily revenue.

A couple doors down, IAMA Coffee House continued to serve up beverages without running water.

"We are dealing with it, in that we are lucky we have electricity, and we are using bottled water to make the coffee," said Deborah Siller-Cruz, a partner at the business.

SAWS provided bottled water to the coffee house, but was not able to restore water there as quickly.

Siller-Cruz said she wanted to remain open regardless, so people know they can rely on IAMA for their morning caffeine fix, even without water from the tap.

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