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Water fills downtown building's basement

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A water main broke just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, flooding the basement of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse near the intersection of Whitaker and Bay streets.

A hazmat team was also called to the scene on a report of a gas leak, but no such leak was found.

Residents of the River Homes of News Place West were awakened by a fire alarm, as they began heading downstairs, they found the basement floor was flooded. There are about 29 units in the building and residents will have to stay elsewhere for the next few days.

Savannah Fire and Emergency Services said a company a called Comtran was working on directional boars when they hit a lateral line that connected to the main line. That line feeds water to the sprinkler system, which set off the alarm.

Residents said that about 6 feet of water filled the basement, where Ruth's Chris Steakhouse kitchen is located as well as the electrical room for the building.

Mark Keller of Savannah Fire and Emergency Services said, "supply sprinkler system was cut, they got an alarm and found 4 feet of water in basement of the building."

Richard Sturgess, a News Place West resident, said they have to pump all the water out and that the electrical equipment has to dry out, get inspected and an electrician has to approve it so it's going to take a day or two.

It will be a few days before power will be restored and all inspections are complete. Residents are being told that process will take a few days.

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