GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)-- The evening rush turning out to be a nightmare because of a water main break. On top of the traffic problems water is also being impacted from the break that happened this morning on Route One.
Before crews could even begin to get to the bottom of this break thousands of gallons of water had to be pumped out of the hole it created.
There are three water mains under this section of Route one which is right in front of Groton Utilities and all of them had to be shut off so crews could figure out which one was damaged. That meant Route one was shut down starting around ten Wednesday morning.
"I mean rush hour will probably be worse but I won't be out here so...," said Jim Anderson, Mystic.
Among those detoured, State Rep Elissa Wright.
"Temporarily I understand there may be some.. a little brownish discoloration from your tap water. Not concerning," said Rep Elissa Wright, (D) Groton.
There did appear to be a little air in the line and a slight discoloration at a nearby church but for the most part the water ran clear in the early afternoon. That would change as the work continued.
Representative Wright says while the water may be a little rusty it is safe to use and drink.
News 8 was told the water main break was first noticed when someone from the fire department just happened to be driving here along Route One and noticed a lot of water bubbling up from the ground.
What could have caused this break when the weather's so warm?
"It could be the stress on the road, vibrations from the road, just simply aging infrastructure," said Wright.
GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- Route 1 is closed in Groton this morning because of a water main break.
The break is between South Road and Buddington Road.
The water has ben shut off and police are advising everyone to avoid the area.
Police could not give an estimate of how long the road is expected to be closed, but say it will be significant.
The following detours are currently in place.
Westbound: South Road, to Runway Lane, to High Rock Road, to Poquonnock Rd.
Eastbound: Buddington Rd., to Gold Star Highway, to North Rd.
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