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Water restored to Lynn Shores, Merrimac Point neighborhoods in Portsmouth

Posted at 7:51 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 21:22:02-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Dozens of residents in a Portsmouth neighborhood wen without water this past weekend.

The Portsmouth Department of Public Utlities said that crews worked throughout the night on Saturday flushing hydrants and exercising valves and increased water pressure to the area early Sunday morning.

During these efforts, crews discovered a broken water main on Surry Street near Lynn Drive.

Contractors have completed the repair and normal services have been restored as of 9 p.m.

Previously, the Lynn Shore and Merrimack Point neighborhoods had been without water since Friday afternoon. Neighbors told News 3 that there has been no water pressure, only an on and off trickle.

One man who did not want to be identified, says he's been getting by with using a pump in his yard to fill bucket of water. He and others say living without water is more than an inconvenience.

"It’s very tough. You can’t use the bathroom…flush toilet….can’t wash hands or wash dishes. It’s very hard to live like this," he said.

Customers who were impacted obtained non-potable water for the flushing of toilets at the Fountain Park on Broad Street.