UPDATE: City says water line caused flooding in downtown Columbus businesses
COLUMBUS - If you live in Columbus, you may notice some of the downtown businesses are closed. That's because some of them were flooded Tuesday.
When Cork and Barrel owner Nicole Saafeld walked into work that morning, she saw a lot of water.
“As soon as I got to the top of the stairs, I already see water," Saafeld said. "Just as you got to the different areas, there were definitely spots where you couldn’t even walk in.”
The Cork and Barrel said they started pumping their basement at 8 a.m.
They and Artzy Haven were among those with high water in their basements.
Public Works said it got the call around 6:30 and its crews spent several hours working to find the cause.
Director Chuck Sliva said they had to shut off the water main for several hours, so businesses along the 13th Street between 27th and 28th avenues had no service.
“We’re going to expose it, see if it’s a service line in the building or possibly... a fracture in the water main," Sliva said.
He said it turned out to be a break in the service line, which crews fixed.
Sliva said because it wasn't the water main, the property owner has to pay for the damage, street replacement and the city labor to fix the line.
In Saafeld's case, she said insurance was still figuring out what has to be repaired or replaced and that they didn't have a damage estimate yet.
Despite that, she said she's counting her blessings.
“It could have definitely been worse," Saafeld said. "It could’ve been my kids’ baby pictures floating in the water.”
She said she thinks the Cork and Barrel will be back in business next week, if things go as planned.
COLUMBUS - Several downtown business owners found their establishments flooded Tuesday morning.
“As soon as I got to the top of the stairs, I already see water," Cork and Barrel owner Nicole Saafeld said. "Just as you got to the different areas, there were definitely spots where you couldn’t even walk in."
Saafeld said she started pumping the basement at 8 a.m.
Her business and Artzy Haven were among those with high water in their buildings.
The city said they're still working on figuring out what caused it.
“We’re going to expose it, see if it’s a service line in the building or possibly it could be the main -- a fracture in the water main," Public Works director Chuck Sliva said.
He said depending on what they find out, it could be six to 12 hours before it's fixed and that they hope to have everything restored by the end of the day.
Meanwhile, several businesses along 13th Street between 27th and 28th avenues have no service.