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Water main break leaves Smyrna homes without water

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About 100 homeowners in Cobb County woke up Thursday to find out they didn't have any water due to a break in an old water main.

Road crews had to shut down hurt road between Lakeshore and Maxwell drives in Smyrna.

Teena Payne found out the news when she tried to make breakfast her children. The only indication that something was wrong was a barricade blocking her street.

"We had to go through the neighbor's yard to get breakfast. So, we've been out of water since I've known – 5 o'clock this morning," Payne said.

Cobb County officials say a break in a water main sent water pouring onto Hurt Road. Spokesman Robert Quigley says the pipe was pretty old.

"There was a 12-inch cast iron line, been in the ground probably 50 to 60 years," Quigley said.  "The line developed a leak, and we're out here now trying to make that repair."

The main break flooded the lawns of two nearby homes, sending water pouring into their crawlspaces, but Quigley says the county will clean it all up.

"Now we've got a cleanup crew coming out to make sure we can assist the residents with any problems there," Quigley said. "And, of course, if there's any damage we have a risk management department that will take care of that on behalf of the county."

Payne wants to know why the county water department didn't notify her about the problem and what steps she should take.

"Do not know yet if we need to boil our water, or what we need to do about that. But right now we have no water," Payne said.

But officials say once they determined the cause of the water main break they notified residents exactly what the problem was and when to expect service.

Cobb County officials say water should be restored to that Smyrna neighborhood by dinner time. They also say customers will have to boil the water once it's turned back on.

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