Water Main Break Affects Ruckersville Businesses on Black Friday
A water main break caused many Greene County businesses to struggle on the busiest shopping day of the year. Stores scrambled to try and stay open so they wouldn't lose business.
The Rapidan Service Authority says the break cut off water supply from the Route 29 and Route 33 intersection all the way to Stanardsville.
Business owners say this couldn't have happened at a worse time. In an effort to stay open, some businesses bought bottled water and Walmart provided porta potties for customers.
Rose Wade owns an antique store on Route 29 that opened last August. She says she lost business at a time when her business needs the revenue. She was forced to turn people away who were looking for a restroom.
"Because we're at a crossroads, a lot of people have been on the road for several hours. They're looking for the bathroom and the lack of water makes it difficult,” said Wade.
The owners of the Blue Ridge Cafe and Ruckersville Gallery say they had to run out to Food Lion to buy water to give to their customers.
The service authority says the problem affecting water flow has been restored, but repairs still need to be made. Businesses say water is slowly coming back.
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