Major water main break affects tens of thousands in Chattanooga; Knox deploys strike team to help

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC/WATE) – A major part of Chattanooga is dry, thanks to the break of a 36-inch water main near the Tennessee-American Water plant late Thursday night.

Reports saying the major water main break has cancelled classes at UTC and has affected customers in downtown and north Chattanooga.

Currently, 35,000 customers are affected, and area businesses and government offices near downtown are closed.

Friday afternoon, Knoxville Fire Department announced it along with Rural Metro and Karns fire departments were deploying crews as part of a strike team to assist Hamilton County.

Hamilton County Schools closed for the day.

The Hamilton County Health Department is asking restaurants in the affected area to close if they do not have running water under pressure.

Tennessee-American Water says repairs are now underway, and will take several hours. Crews hope to have water fully restored by Friday evening, but says some customers in the higher elevations may not get service restored until early Saturday morning.

ABC-affiliate WTVC is continuing its team coverage of the incident, with more information coming in Friday – click here for more.

(Image via Tennessee-American Water)

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