Crews work to repair downtown water main | SLIDESHOW

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville Utilities Board crews are on scene working to repair washed out roads after an 18-inch water main opened up overnight in downtown Knoxville.

New information reveals that the BB&T Bank Building and Riverview Towers are among a few downtown KUB customers are still without water after the water main break.

KUB expects them to be without water at least through Friday, possibly even longer.

The John H. Cole Company building also suffered extensive damage. The roof collapsed and the bottom floors flooded.

The broken section of water main at Main and State street was isolated and shut off Thursday morning. KUB had the pipe repaired by the afternoon. Crews expect repairs and restoration efforts to last into the weekend.

The intersections of Main Street between S. Gay Street and S. Central Street, State St. Between W. Hill Ave. and Cumberland Ave., and the Main St. entrance ramp to James White Parkway remain closed and are likely to remain closed over the weekend.

Access to the First Tennessee Towers parking garage is accessible from Cumberland Avenue. The Dwight Kessell garage and BB&T building are accessible from Hill Avenue only.

Flagmen will direct traffic to area businesses during the work. On-site signage and barricades will remain in place.

KUB is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the City of Knoxville and local property owners to assess damages.

What caused the break is still undetermined at this time; the water mains in this area were installed in 1927.

KUB officials say water pressure is returning to normal to areas inside the I-40/I-640 loop; some of those areas may have experienced low pressure issues this morning.

A gushing water main break flooded and closed several intersections in downtown Knoxville in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Police were first called to the scene 10:30 Wednesday night. KUB is working to turn off the water.

The intersections of Main Street between S. Gay Street and S. Central Street, State St. Between W. Hill Ave. and Cumberland Ave., and the Main St. Entrance to James White Parkway are all closed.

People needing to get to the parking garage at the First Tennessee tower should enter from Cumberland, and people needing in the Dwight Kessell parking garage should enter from Hill Avenue.

WVLT has a crew on scene. We'll keep you updated as crews work to shut off the water and reopen roads.

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