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Water main break near Atlanta causes school, hospital troubles

March 7 (UPI) — A large water main break flooded the Buford Highway near Atlanta on Wednesday — impacting schools, hospitals and other services.

Officials said water has been flooding the streets since before 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, from a 48-inch transmission main in DeKalb County.

The Buford Highway runs from DeKalb County into northern Atlanta.

The break caused county officials to issue a water boiling advisory, while multiple cities experienced water outages.

Medical services have also been impacted by the break. DeKalb Medical postponed elective surgeries scheduled for Wednesday — and Decatur officials closed schools in the area, including Emory University.

Businesses, including the Perimeter Mall, and all library locations were closed until water service resumes.

DeKalb County chief Michael Thurmond said the break was the result of a structural failure, and pledged water service would be restored “as soon as humanly possible.

“We’d like to have this resolved within 24 hours.”

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