A water main break shut down one inbound lane of Queens Road West in Myers Park before rush hour Monday morning.
The break happened around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Queens Road West near East Boulevard. By 7:45 a.m., crews were able to turn off the water and begin work on the broken water main.
Water flooded curbs and at times filled two lanes of the street, sending motorists scrambling for a safe way to cross.
Charlotte TV station WSOC reported a tree root may have caused the pipe to break.
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Charlotte Water officials told WSOC that there were 5,218 water leaks in 2016; a thousand more cases than there were back in 2014.