Second water main breaks in Nashville after 60-inch main ruptures early Wednesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hours after a 60-inch water main ruptured at a south Nashville intersection Wednesday morning affecting thousands of customers in Donelson, Berry Hill, Nipper’s Corner, Antioch and other area neighborhoods, crews are responding to a second break.

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The second break was reported around 10:30 a.m. on Lebanon Road and Belinda Drive in Hermitage, about six miles away from the initial break.

Metro police are directing traffic as crews work to shut off the water.

A 60-inch water main ruptured at the corner of Elm Hill Pike and McGavock Pike in south Nashville. (Jan. 21, 2015)
A 60-inch water main ruptured at the corner of Elm Hill Pike and McGavock Pike in south Nashville. (Jan. 21, 2015)

It is unclear if the two incidents are related.

PHOTOS: 2 water main breaks in Nashville

Wednesday early morning break, which occurred around 2 a.m. at the corner of Elm Hill and McGavock pikes, near Nashville International Airport, sent water rushing into the street.

Metro Water Services spokeswoman Sonia Allman told News 2 workers were able to shut down the main and isolate the break. Crews worked for several hours rerouting the water.

Services have since been restored.

Allman said customers with reduced water pressure should conserve when possible. Those who have normal water pressure do not need to worry about cutting back their usage.

Two schools will be closed Wednesday: New Vision Academy on Plus Park Boulevard and Una Baptist Child Care on Old Murfreesboro Pike.

Ezell Harding Christian School on Bell Road in Antioch dismissed at 10 a.m.

The second break occurred about 6 miles away on Lebanon Road.
The second break occurred about 6 miles away on Lebanon Road.

“As things become [clearer] and we have a better understanding of which schools may have longer term water issues we may make individual school closing decisions a little later,” Metro Schools said on Twitter, adding,” For now the buses are running and schools are open.”

Tanker trucks hauling water were sent to fire stations at Nipper’s Corner and to Southern Hills Medical Center.

A 1,500-gallon tanker from Cheatham County also delivered water to the hospital although a firefighter on the scene told News 2 the water from a hydrant near the hospital was okay.

The Bridgestone America headquarters on Marriott Drive is closed Wednesday due to the water outage.

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