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Downtown Businesses Affected By Water Line Break

February 21, 2014, 4:55 PM by Matt Holsen

Downtown Businesses Affected By Water Line Break
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A water line that feeds a hydrant in downtown Sioux Falls broke at 8 a.m. Friday, damaging a nearby business. The break also affected other restaurants in the area as crews shut off water to isolate the problem.

One business owner in downtown Sioux Falls got an early start, but for the wrong reason.

"It's not good. It's a Friday night. It's a night to make money. It's a good night for business and it's unbelievable," Natasha Skots said.

Skots, owner of Touch of Europe, says water from a broken line that feeds a hydrant in front of her restaurant spilled into her basement business.

"All chairs is floating. I think my table cloths all wet and I need to just totally do really, really, crazy cleaning, like remodel all over and everything," Skots said.

In order to contain the problem, crews had to shut off water for a little bit, affecting other businesses in that area.

Sarah Langenfeld works at a nearby delicatessen. Because the road had to be closed for repairs, she may have missed out on some potential customers.

"Stockpiled some water for the time being. Other than that, just a lot of hullabaloo and people looking out the windows and probably not a lot of people stopping," Langenfeld said.

As for Touch of Europe, it could be some time before everything gets back to normal. On Friday morning, nobody was being allowed inside for safety reasons.

"I can't get in. They said it's maybe some electrical issue and they need to send a rescue team to clean and it's electrical maybe. I don't know, it's unbelievable," Skots said.

Water was restored to businesses shortly after the break by isolating the line.

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