Water main break floods area across from Dayton Mall

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) -Businesses and residents are being asked to boil their water after a water main break Friday morning.

The break on Miamisburg-Centerville Road flooded an area just east of Mad River Road.

The rupture was in front of Stafford Jewelers across from the Dayton Mall.

The rupture was discovered around 3:30 a.m and repaired by noon.

The hole in a line sent six inches of water into the lower level of Stafford Jewelers.

But a place that knows how to make things sparkle is now doing the same with its building, opening despite the water.

“Like most small family owned businesses, we’re tough,” says owner John Stafford. “We’re going to work through this.”

Other businesses like JuneBug’s Cupcakes thought the break would keep their treats behind the glass all day.

“With the way the winter’s been with the cold and snow and I saw that this morning and I thought, ‘Oh no,'” says owner Jami Smith.

But the repairs were made in time for the shop to open. It and other businesses just had to boil any water they use.

This is the second break to a line in that area in the last month.

We wanted to know if there’s an issue with those lines.

“Other than the fact our infrastructure is aging,” says Brianna Wooten with Montgomery County Environmental Services. “The pipe and system are 50 years old. It’s reaching the end of its usable life. It probably has another 10 years left.”

Wooten says the county is in the process of replacing some of its older pipes with ones that will last around 100 years.

We asked and found the county had 180 water main breaks in the last two months compared to 160 over those two months last year.

“It’s pretty on average despite the extreme temperatures,” Wooten says.

The boil advisory is expected to last for the next day or so.

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