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Main break creates mess; cold weather blamed

Some South Boston water customers woke up Monday to find they had decreased water pressure due to a ruptured water main at the intersection of North Main and Bernard streets.

According to Mark Estes, water and sewer operations manager at the Halifax County Service Authority, cold weather is being blamed for a break in an old 6-inch cast iron water main that apparently shifted and broke sometime early Monday morning.

Service authority officials got the call around 3:30 a.m., Estes said, but workers had to wait for the utilities to get marked before repairs could begin to the water main.

Estes said no customers were expected to lose service Monday morning as repairs were being made. However, he noted some may have experienced a decrease in pressure as workers lowered the water pressure to put a repair clamp on the line.

Approximately 10 residences would have been affected if water had to be turned off during the repair process, Estes added.

Repairs were complete by noon Monday.