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City: Steer clear of Bayshore Blvd. at Gandy
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City: Steer clear of Bayshore Blvd. at Gandy

South Tampa, Florida - A major water main break has closed the intersection of Bayshore Boulevard and Gandy Boulevard.

The water main break happened Monday afternoon and left water rushing across the street. The pressure from the break lifted the asphalt in some areas of the roadway and left gaping holes in others.

Photo Gallery: Bayshore Water Main Break

Monday evening, Elias Franco, a spokesman for the Tampa Water Department, said 17 addresses in the area were still without water.

While crews don't know how long it will take to repair the water main and roadway, they do believe a cable company working in the area may be responsible for not only hitting one of two water lines, but for also damaging a storm drain.

Donald Irvine leaves nearby and says he remembers seeing crews working in the area earlier in the day Monday. He says, "I thought they were just checking the lines, you know, which they do every so often."

Franco says it's too early to say which cable company was working in the area and whether or not they had checked with city officials before digging. Tampa's new mayor, Bob Buckhorn, stopped by to inspect the damage and to talk to supervisors overseeing the repairs.

For those who like to exercise along Bayshore Boulevard, the road closure was a big inconvenience. Some of the sidewalks in the area were also covered in mud. 

Colton Remiker and his mother, Lori, enjoy riding their bikes in the area each day but were forced to take a detour to get home. Colton says, "Yeah. We've got to go a long way."

But that's nothing compared to what drivers are facing. Tampa police are directing traffic around the water main break but the commute during rush hour may be difficult on Tuesday and in the following days.

Irvine says, "Well, this is the main gate for going in the morning to MacDill [Air Force Base]. They start by our house about five o'clock in the morning going out there. The line will have to go out to MacDill Avenue and there's a gate there too but, yeah, there will be a traffic problem in the morning."

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