Three breaks in a major water main have kept Macon Water Authority workers busy on Montpelier Avenue since 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Nearby homes and businesses have been without water for hours and the road has been closed as crews work to repair the cast iron pipe that burst as the ground warmed up after recent days of freezing temperatures.
"The old cast iron pipes contract when they get cold and it shifted when it got warm and broke," said Darryl Macy, manager of sewer conveyance and water distribution for the Macon Water Authority.
The pipe initially broke in two places a couple of blocks apart between Bailey and Winton avenues. Workers repaired both breaks and were filling the holes when they noticed the third break.
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"The water started just bubbling up in the dirt in a break a few feet away from the second one," Macy said. "The crew has had a very long night. They went home at 8:30 last night and were back in an hour later."
Macon Emergency Management officials have been on the scene assisting with traffic detours. It could be late afternoon Friday before the road reopens, Macy said.