UPDATE: Water resorted for East Asheville residents

Water main break has Campground Road closed in east Asheville. - Photo courtesy: WLOS Staff

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Water is restored for some East Asheville residents, as well as Charles Bell Elementary School after a water main break early Monday morning.

Asheville water and fire departments got the call just after 4 a.m.

Firefighters on scene say the break released about 300 gallons of water per minute, for a few hours.

Once the water was turned off, crews worked to make repairs.

About 50 customers and the elementary school lost water during that time.

The principal says having a plan in place allowed them to go with the flow and operate on a regular schedule.

"Buncombe County has sent about 600 bottles of water for staff and students," Jenny Klein said, principal of Charles C. Bell Elementary. "They have sent hand sanitizer. We have changed our lunch menu. Today we'll also use also paper products because our dish washer won't be available, so we'll have paper plates and plastic forks."

A Buncombe County Schools' maintenance crew was also at the school to ensure the main restrooms could remain available.

Officials with the water department say the changing temperatures may have contributed to the break.

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