Businesses affected by midtown Tulsa water main break

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Reported by: Miranda Christian
Updated: 2/08 11:03 pm Published: 2/08 11:01 pm

The water main break is not only affecting traffic but also businesses in the Utica Square area.

FOX23 has been on the scene Saturday learning which places are without water.

“We saw there was a lot of water, this is what people saw all afternoon, water gushing down the street,” Caesar Castillo, general manager of Olive Garden, told FOX23.

Castillo told FOX23 he had to turn customers away at 6:30 p.m. because their water was being shut off after the 16-inch water main started gushing near 21st Street and Wheeling Avenue.

“It's really hard, but there is nothing we can do. Without water we cannot operate so we have to shut down,” said Castillo.

Goldie’s and Olive Garden closed early Saturday because they were without water, but there were some businesses that weren’t directly affected.

Denise Henderson at Utica Square told FOX23, “We haven’t seen any impact at all. We have been very busy and had customers using the restroom.”

One business that has a critical need for water is Saint John Medical Center.

City crews made sure the hospital would not be affected by the water main break.

"They did drop a little [water] pressure but nothing significant,” said Tulsa’s Manager of Water Distribution, Blaine Parnell.

“It took us a little bit and we want to be customer friendly and make sure the restaurants and the hospital will have water for the patients,” Parnell said.

Crews told FOX23 they will work through the night Saturday to get the line fixed and return water to those affected.

They expect the break to be fixed in 24 hours

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