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As of 10.30pm Wednesday crews were still working on Cohn Street.

They say the water main break will now be repaired sometime Thursday.

Several homes Wednesday night in the immediate area were without water. Crews say water pressure will drop again Thursday morning beginning around 8.30am and lasting several hours affecting those homes that were without water Wednesday night.

“Very noisy, very muddy, and very sweaty for the guys out there,” says Joe Perdue.

Perdue lives on the 7800 block of Cohn Street footsteps from a gaping hole about the size of a car. It was created when a 1920′s vintage water main pipe busted.

“It looked like Katrina all over again,” says Gerald Williams.

On Tuesday morning residents in the Carrollton neighborhood awoke to flooded streets. The Sewerage & Water Board called for a boil water advisory affecting thousands from South Carrollton to Jackson Avenues and Maple and Loyola streets to the river.

This afternoon the boil water advisory was lifted, and by tonight the water main break should be repaired.

“You can’t hardly get to where you want to stay at. You got to go this way. You got to go that way; back in pull over there you know,” says Williams.

Carrollton resident Brian Pardalis says, “A little noisy, but they got to do what they got to do. At least they’re fixing the problem.”

The noises and inconveniences won’t be going away any time soon. The Sewerage & Water Board say- road repairs won’t be complete until next Thursday or Friday.

Sewerage and Water Board executive director Marcia St. Martin says, “But again that’s dependent on weather, because we have to allow all that water to dry out before we restore the surface.”

Authorities say the last time this happened Uptown was about 12 years ago. This time they anticipate taking care of 10 to 20 claims, most of them damaged cars. It’s an inconvenience that’s the price we pay to live in a city with so much history.

“It’s life, you have to take it as it comes,” says Perdue.

Authorities are still investigating the cause, but say the pipe was most likely too old. Marcia St. Martin says they are working to get into the habit of doing more preventative maintenance using funds from FEMA.

Residents that were affected by the boil water advisory should get a one day credit on their water bill.

boil waterThe New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has lifted the boil water advisory for portions of Uptown & the Garden District.

They advise everyone to discard your old ice, and run your faucets for 5 minutes or longer to flush out your pipes.

Anyone inside the boil water area will receive a one-day credit on your next bill.

Click here to see the boundary of the boil water advisory.

A boil water advisory in Uptown is affecting thousands of customers.

Darian Trotter talked to some of them who are trying to cope.

Crews with the Sewerage and Water Board are still working to repair a water main break in the 7800 block of Cohn Street in the Carrollton area.

Water flooded the streets around sunrise Tuesday morning; leaving scores of cars under two feet of water in some areas, and causing headaches for residential and business customers behind closed doors.

“It’s terrible; it’s absolutely terrible,” customer JoAnn Perdue said.

A Precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for much of Uptown; affecting some 24-thousand customers.

“It’s always impartial that when we make decisions relative to boil water advisories, we make that decision with the utmost amount of caution and to be extremely conservative,” Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director Marcia St. Martin said.

Customers are asked to boil water for at least one minute before using.

Trotter asked, “You up for it? Well no I’m not,” customer Yvonne Cook replied.

“Got a shower early this morning before all that happened, hadn’t cooked anything all day so hadn’t been a problem,” customer Freddy Jones said.

But it has been a problem at nearby Camellia Grill.

“They were just saying how they can’t sanitize anything and if they can’t sanitize their dishes, they can’t be open and I also work in a restaurant so I get it you need water to clean your dishes and sanitize everything, counter tops and food-borne illnesses. So I can imagine it will be an inconvenience,” customer Claudine Birgy said.

Water samples will be re-tested Wednesday afternoon.

Until the all clear is given, customers are urged to take the advisory seriously.

“I want them to fix the problem, I want them to see that we are back to where we use to be, you know and to make sure that when they fix it, it’s not something we have to worry about again,” Perdue said.

An update about the boil advisory is expected Wednesday.

The Sewerage & Water Board says it will cover any property damage related to flooding.

capture(from the City of New Orleans) – Out of an abundance of caution, Sewerage and Water Board and the state Department of Health and Hospital officials are advising residents in a limited area of Uptown New Orleans not to drink, make ice from, brush teeth, bathe or shower, prepare or rinse food with tap water unless it has been properly disinfected until further notice.

A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for the following area: South Carrollton Avenue from Maple Street to the river; Maple Street to Loyola Street; Loyola Street to Jackson Avenue and Jackson Avenue to the river.  Customers in other areas of the city are not affected and do not need to boil their water.

This morning at about 6:00 a.m. a 30-inch water main break occurred at the 7800 block of Cohn Street in the Carrolton Neighborhood.

Boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one-minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (If there is a flat taste, it can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.)

This boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice for customers in the affected area. The Sewerage and Water Board will notify residents when the advisory is lifted.

Please see the attached map for the affected area: Boil_Adv_072313

A water main break near Burdette and Spruce Streets in the Carrollton neighborhood has flooded streets and caused low water pressure for much of the city of New Orleans.

A water main break around the intersection of Burdette Street and Spruce Street flooded part of the Carrollton neighborhood early Tuesday morning, bringing traffic to a crawl and stranding residents inside their homes.  Residents are urging drivers to slow down, to prevent water from washing into their vehicles, yards and homes, while Sewerage and Water Board crews work to repair the leak.  The S&WB is advising Uptown residents they may experience low water pressure as the break is repaired.  As a result of the break, Carrollton Avenue is closed from Hickory to S. Claiborne.

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