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Water main break washes out part of Winston-Salem bridge

Part of Bethabara Road was closed Monday morning, and some homes were without water while repairs were made.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Part of a Winston-Salem bridge collapsed due to a water main break Monday morning. City crews closed roads while they work to fix the problem. 

Bethabara Road is closed between Old Town Road and Silas Creek Parkway. The broken water main washed out part of the bridge over Monorcas Creek.

The water main break is impacting service in the area. Some nearby homes are without water. 

Crews are also quickly working to fix the water transmission line and resume service to those homes. 

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools said the break impacted water at seven area schools, but water is running again and school is happening as normal. 

Officials said a car accident also happened at the scene of the water main break. They did not say whether the crash caused it. 

If you do lose water here is what city officials advise: 

  • Turn water heater circuit breaker to the off position. If you use gas, contact your gas company if you have any questions.
  • Avoid opening any faucets or flushing any toilets during this time. This will help minimize air in your system.
  • If the water is discolored after service has been restored, flush your lines through a bathtub faucet first, for a short period.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area while repairs are underway. 

City officials said there is no timeline just yet for when service could be restored. 

For more information, you can call Winston-Salem City Link at 311 or 336-727-8000.