The section of Oak Street between the railroad and Parkway Avenue was closed Friday afternoon due to a broken water main.

Conway Corporation was on the scene repairing the broken water line from 8 a.m. until about 1 p.m. The road remained closed through the lunch hour.

Three Oak Street businesses were without water for about five hours including the Charlotte John Co. at 1300 Oak St., French Lily Clothing at 1302 Oak St. and Brooks Fine Jewelry at 1304 Oak St.

Conway Corporation CEO Richie Arnold said he received notice of the repairs at about 8 Friday morning.

Arnold said the warmer weather most likely caused a leak in the water main that resulted in a break.

"When the water temperature is changing in those lines you start seeing leaks," he said. "When water is under pressure in the [water] main it cracks and breaks."

Repair crews can either replace a section of the pipe or clamp the pipe, Arnold explained. In this scenario, he said, he suspects it will be best to replace the broken section of pipe.

A temporary asphalt patch will be in place when Conway Corp. crews finish repairs [Friday] afternoon, Arnold said, but depending on how much asphalt has to be removed further road repairs could be required.

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