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Water main break hampers businesses in Alcester

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 City crews in Alcester were busy today trying to fix a broken water main in town.

 That break forced the closure of the local school and a lot of local businesses.

 We caught up with one Alcester business owner, who says a break like this is more than just a minor inconvenience.

 It is a noisy affair: breaking concrete to fix another break....a water main that succumbed to the cold and snapped.
 When that happens, all sorts of other problems pop up and then splinter off.

 "Without having water we can't do hair, any hair services at all today. I did bring a bucket of water so that we could at least wash our hands for the nail services." Mindie Bailey owns "Mindie's Salon" in Alcester. It is a popular place for a hair cut, a perm and nails.
 Well on this day, only one of those three could get done. "We had to cancel appointments today because we have to have water."

 And that is the story for most everyone in town.....and events like this really drive that point home. "Yeah we do depend on water...it really makes you think...yeah." We talked to Trudy Hedden in a car is because she was on her way home.
 She works in the laundry at the Morningside Care Center...doing laundry.
 No water. No laundry. No work.

 Mindie Bailey is pretty much in the same situation.
 No water. No haircuts. Fewer customers. "It can be very frustrating because you're not getting paid. There's no money if you don't have customers."

 And while Mindie wishes it was the cash register she was hearing....it's not....it's a jack hammer...from the crew trying to fix the water main break as fast as possible.

 Alcester is hoping it can turn the water back on sometime on Monday night. At least that is the plan. We will keep you posted.

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