DeKALB – A water main break blasted a hole about the size of a smart car this morning in the 900 block of Normal Road, and crews hope to reopen the busy thoroughfare by this evening.
"That's the power of water," DeKalb Public Works Director Tim Holdeman said.
Normal Road between West Hillcrest Drive and College Terrace, as well as Greenbrier Road at Normal Road, have been closed since about 8:30 this morning. By the time crews arrived, Holdeman said the water had been running about half an hour and had flooded the street. It was more or less bone dry by 11 a.m.
"The water receded and left the road dry, which is what's supposed to happen," Holdeman said.
He said the department will be knocking on doors and leaving hangers where residents don't answer in order to let them know once water service is restored, a boil order will be in effect for 24 hours.
"There's not much of a risk of contamination, but we always have to err on the side of caution," Holdeman said.
He said two or three blocks are affected and, thus, currently without water service. He said given the nature of the main break, once repairs are done, there won't be any loss of water pressure.
Holdeman said crews should have the hole temporarily fixed with stones and temporary asphalt by about 2 or 3 p.m. Workers at the site said just before 3 p.m. that the fix would take another few hours.
Holdeman said in the coming weeks, as asphalt and manpower is available, the street will be fixed more permanently.
"This is pretty routine for us," he said. "It's just on a busy road."