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Colonial Heights water main break sends students home early

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Mar 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-19 18:04:29-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- Two schools in Colonial Heights released students early after a water main ruptured Thursday morning.

Officials said Colonial Heights High School dismissed students at 11 a.m. and Tussing Elementary sent children home at 11:45 a.m.

CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil said that a 16-inch water line ruptured on Riveroaks Drive near Conduit Road.

Crews on the scene told Covil that when the line burst, it “blew rock a block.”

City officials said that workers with Miller Pipeline, working for Columbia Gas, were boring on Riveroaks Drive when they hit the main.

The break, which happened in the most heavily populated area of Colonial Heights, impacts hundreds of homes, three schools and a daycare in the northeast part of the city.

Crews on the scene were unable to clamp the break. As a result, water service was not restored until around 5 p.m. Officials also warned residents to expect low pressure for about an hour.