Water service restored after overnight main break downtown

CREATED Feb 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 19, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Public Works crews in Milwaukee have restored water service after a water main break that initially affected downtown businesses.

The water main break happened at the corner of North Water Street and East Juneau Avenue. 

It started at about 7:00 p.m. Monday night and went through the overnight hours.

The pipe DPW crews repaired has a long history.  It was installed in 1872.

Crews did an emergency water shutoff because of the break.

"The hole that was in the pipe is from corrosion, and that is from outside soil, soil outside the water main," said Milwaukee DPW Spokeswoman Carrie Lewis.

The owner of AJ Bombers, a restuarant in that area, says that crews finally restored water to the area at about 7:20 a.m.

Joe Sorge told TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes that the water main break forced the restaurant to close early and turn away his customers.

"We informed them the city had shut down the water on our block, and we basically invited our guests back for another time," said Sorge.

"Everyone was super understanding."

Sorge said he called the city immediately after he noticed water in the basement.

"This was in the very lowest part of the basement, in the far corner that wasn't even really storage, nowhere near any sort of food supplies."

According to Sorge, he can recover the loss of business.

"It always gives us an opportunity to showcase our best customer service with any guests that show up among the situation."

There was no initial word on the cause of the water main break.