Businesses and homes impacted by water main breaks

Posted at 5:30 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 19:17:27-05

TULSA -- Nine businesses and 15 homes were without water Wednesday after two water main breaks on 21st Street near Garnett.

Stylists at 20th Century Salon had little hair to sweep up. This came after a water main break around 10:30 a.m. caused their water supply to disappear, as well as their customers.

"I had a color to start off with this morning so we went ahead and did her but it was with minimal water so after that we had to turn down all color, perms, and shampoo, and sets," said Sherry Hatley, a stylist at 20th Century Salon.

The only service the stylists could pull off was dry haircuts, which cut revenue by almost $200 per stylist. Six clients were rescheduled, which will make the next few days a bit cramped.

"We were not warned at all, we just knew because we saw the water going down the street and I saw the big hole this morning," said Hatley.

20th Century Salon was one of the nine businesses impacted, plus 15 homes.

The city says crews were reconnecting a fire hydrant to a main line around 9 a.m. When they shut the water down to replace it, the increased pressure on the old pipes caused two breaks. It also caused some headaches for customers at nearby businesses.

"I came to get an oil change and the streets are very flooded," said Andrea MacMullin who was getting an oil change at Meineke Car Care Center.

Eastbound lanes of 21st Street were so flooded traffic was diverted to one lane as crews worked to restore water, making it difficult when nature calls.

"I was going to use the facilities but their facilities are incapacitated at the moment," said MacMullin.

Members of the Water Department said the weather was not cold or hot enough to cause these breaks.

The city says water should be restored in the area between 7 and 9 Wednesday night.

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