Water main burst knocks out service to I-10 area businesses (PHOTOS)

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 06:00 PM.

During a previous break, new valves were installed to keep many area businesses operational in the event of a break like Wednesday's.

However, some businesses, including 21st Century Oncology and the Hooters restaurant, were without water. Crestview Fire Department Assistant Chief Cedric Peterson was at the scene as a precaution.

The damaged portion is part of the water main scheduled to be upgraded in the near future through an agreement with several commercial partners to facilitate commercial expansion in the area.

However, Public Works is still collecting and evaluating bids for the expansion project. In the meanwhile, Steele said, he will prepare costs for emergency replacement of the stretch of line subject to recent breaks.

"You can only Band-aid and patch something so much and then it becomes just irresponsible maintenance," he said.

Steele did not have an estimation of the cost to replace the brittle line, but said, "It's going to be expensive."

Funding will likely come from the city's contingency fund, which was recently bolstered by some of the Gulf Power overbilling refund and interest.

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