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Northbound lanes of MLK Blvd. to remain closed after water main break

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 5:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 5:14 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The northbound lanes of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard are closed between Oglethorpe Avenue and Broughton Street due to a water main break on Tuesday.

The Savannah Police Department is asking drivers to seek an alternate route.

According to the city of Savannah, the road will likely be closed until Thursday, June 24.

A few businesses in the area WTOC spoke with said they’ve been affected by this break. Some have low water pressure while others had to close their doors early because they didn’t have water.

Employees at the restaurant Repeal 33 told us they’ve actually had people cancel reservations because of it.

“We did have probably five or six reservations that canceled on us tonight because they didn’t want to deal with the water issue or the traffic issue because the road has been blocked for hours,” said Sloan Edenfield, Events Manager. “The issue for us, I have a huge event here on Thursday with over 75 people and I don’t have bathrooms that are refilling. What am I going to do? It’s a fundraiser for SAFE Shelter and obviously, I want that to actually take place.”

Edenfield also says they would like the city to speak with businesses about what they should expect over the coming days so they can make appropriate plans.

The city of Savannah says if a business doesn’t have water, they should call 311. For assistance with public services like water, you can call that number from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

You can also submit a request through the city’s 311 mobile app.

The Judicial Courthouse will be open for business Wednesday even though northbound lanes of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard are closed. If you have jury duty, court and other business at the courthouse, give yourself some extra time to get there.

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