Water main break floods North Asheville road

    There is a water main break on Edgewood Road near Chatham Road, and part of the road is beginning to buckle. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    A North Asheville road has reopened after being closed because of a water main break Wednesday afternoon.

    It appears the break is on Edgewood Road near Chatham Road, and part of the road is beginning to buckle.

    "It started raising the pavement and I was worried like it would collapse and someone would get hurt," said Meghan Duprey, neighbor.

    A news release from the city said Edgewood Road was closed "for water valve, hydrant replacements, general system maintenance or, for the connection of new water infrastructure into the city of Asheville water system." Edgewood Road is closed from Merrimon Avenue to Chatham Road.

    Residents in the area may be without water during that time, and city officials issued a boil water advisory because of the interruption. The advisory is still in effect.

    "I'm a little concerned about that, but I'll make do," said Dan Myler, neighbor.

    Customers are encouraged to vigorously boil tap water for 1 minute before consuming it. City officials are performing laboratory tests and the advisory will be lifted when tests confirm the possibility of risk is not present.

    Once pressure returns, there is the possibility that some discolored water or air could be present in the lines. Customers are advised to run cold water for 5-10 minutes or until water is clear.

    Residents may register home, business, cell phone and toll free numbers by clicking on the Citizens Alert Sign Up link located on the city of Asheville website to receive notifications.

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