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Crews work to repair five water main breaks in East Ridge

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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -

Five water main breaks since Friday in East Ridge are causing problems for residents.

The Tennessee American Water Company confirmed the five breaks are mostly within a 3 block radius.

TAWC President Deron Allen told Channel 3 the first one busted Friday afternoon off Moore Road and the other four broke soon afterwards.

Folks in East Ridge say the breaks are an inconvenience. And at least one resident said since Friday, water to her home has been hit or miss.

"It's on and off," said Mary Jones. "It's off sometimes 12 hours at a time, then it will come on stay awhile, then its off for 10-12 hours and it's certainly becoming a big problem because what can we do with no water?"

Mary Jones is learning the answer to her own question: Not much.

"It's hard to brush your teeth when you don't have anything but a little bottle of water," she said.

At times, the 84-year-old has no running water due to several water main breaks in her neighborhood. She lives just down the road from a break on Fountain Avenue that crews continued to repair Tuesday morning.

"We're having to detour around the neighborhood, hardly can get out because there's so many water mains broken," she said.

Crews have had to shut down several roads since Friday's outbreak, causing the principal at Belvoir Christian Academy to rethink his school's drop-off and pick-up routine. BCA is right next door to the break on Fountain Ave.

"We have a parking lot on the other side of the building. Our parents have been patient, changed their routine and we are still running as normal," said Principal Frank Streufert.

Allen said he appreciates the patience of customers and said to expect normalcy soon. Once his crews replace the broken pipes, they'll fill holes and re-pave the broken street. Dependent on the weather, he said crews could begin paving as early as Wednesday.

Allen said someone operating a nearby fire hydrant likely shut it down too quickly, causing Friday's breaks. He said everyone from the fire department to contractors that read meters to street departments to his own crews have access to hydrants.

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