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Water main break closes part of N. Church St. for most of Friday

abell@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg crews repair a broken water main on Church Street between Fifth and Trade streets early Friday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg crews repair a broken water main on Church Street between Fifth and Trade streets early Friday. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

A water main break on North Church Street between Fifth and Trade streets closed the road for most of Friday, with the road expected to reopen by 9 p.m. , a Charlotte Water official said.

The water main was replaced and most service was restored by 5 p.m.

The break left the Charlotte Marriott City Center without water, Charlotte Water spokeswoman Jennifer Frost said.

After noticing the lack of water early Friday, the hotel made arrangements for guests to shower in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel or Gold’s Gym, both on East Trade Street, Marriott general manager Crissy Wright said.

Marriott guests also had to leave the hotel to go to the bathroom.

There was no water for Olga Lewis to brush her teeth with when she woke up Friday morning.

“It’s not something you expect to have, but I’m OK with it,” Lewis said. She came with her family from the Houston area.

She used Ritz-Carlton’s shower in the spa area. “They treat us like queens and kings at their spa,” Lewis said. “I think next time we will stay there.”

About 200 rooms in the Marriott hotel were occupied Thursday night, Wright said. The hotel has 456 rooms but about 200 are under renovation.

Frost said two nearby condominium complexes were partially without water and a Presbyterian church daycare had to close for the day because of lack of water.

The water pushed asphalt up on the street, and after crews got to the scene, they had to excavate part of the area to get to the pipe.

Water crews are working with street maintenance crews to remove concrete and asphalt. Part of a lane will be closed this weekend for curb and gutter work, Frost said.

Charlotte Water received its first call about the pipe a little after 4 a.m., Frost said. A 12-inch iron pipe had split lengthways, although Frost said it is unclear what caused the rupture.

“Sometimes we never know” the cause, she said.

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