Part of East Bay closed several more days for large hole in road after water main break

East Bay @ Market Water Main Break (Josh Benser/WCIV)

Damage is more extensive than first thought to an East Bay Street water main that broke recently, and Charleston Water System officials say it will be several more days until repairs can be completed and the street reopened.

Mike Saia, communications manager for Charleston Water System, said Monday that in addition to the water remain repairs, transportation workers will need to replace approximately 40 feet of the roadway on East Bay Street between S. Market and Cumberland streets.

The break left behind a massive hole in the road.

Saia says crews will work through the upcoming weekend with the hopes of reopening the road early next week.

City officials say the damage caused by the water main break also compromised a storm water drain in the area, but Charleston spokesperson Jack O'Toole says that had no significant impact on drainage during the flooding from Tropical Storm Irma.

City officials also say the water main break was unrelated to the storm.

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