FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - One of the busiest spots on Fort Myers Beach is full of construction equipment after an underground water line broke early this morning. The leak sent water near a number of businesses at Times Square, and the work to repair the problem isn't finished yet.
Old and worn out, an undeground water line broke and caused water to fill the area. Crews blocked it off so they could bring in the necessary equipment to dig into the ground to the root of the problem.
The good news is that the damage is minimal. The bad news is that this pipe was the pathway for the water needed for sprinklers at the Pierside restaurant.
This isn't the first time water has drenched the area. In 2009, one million gallons of water burst through a water main.
"That time, it was a little more difficult. We had no water whatsoever at the Dairy Queen. We were virtually closed 'til about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, which cost the owners a lot of money," said Fred Downing, a cook at Dairy Queen.
Now, ongoing projects have helped an entire island to function when something like this happens.
Crews decided to wait to shut off the water until tonight, so the restaurants and shops can stay open.
Water will be shut off from 11:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. for crews to perform repairs. A boil water notice will be in effect afterward for 48 hours.