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Water main break leaves hundreds of Morganton residents without water

(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV) (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

Hundreds of Morganton residents may be without water until Wednesday evening following a water main break.

A break in a major 12-inch water line and an issue with an 8-inch line as well caused more than three million gallons of water to leak from the city water system overnight.

That loss of water in an elevated tank caused pressure to drop in many sections of the city. 

"We are working on it," said City spokesperson Joshua Harris. 

Crews isolated the breaks to stop the leaks, but not before at least half a dozen restaurants had to close during the lunch hour. Dozens of other businesses in the Morganton Heights Shopping Center remained open but without working restrooms. 

On top of that water loss, an afternoon fire at a furniture plant also used water. The fire was confined to a dust bin, but hoses had to be readied and thousands of gallons of water were needed.

"Not a good day for a silo fire," said Public Safety Chief Ronnie Rector.

Officials said it could be late Wednesday night before the city water tanks are refilled to where they were. The officials are asking customers to conserve their water use if possible. 

The broken lines will be fixed within a day. As to what caused the breaks, water crews at the scene were not sure.

"Could just have been old lines," said one man.

Residents can call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276 for more information. 

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