Valleyview businesses thirsty for service

KAMLOOPS - Whether or not some Valleyview businesses have water today depends on what side of the road they're on.

A water main broke on Oriole Road yesterday afternoon, flooding water into the street and shutting down water to nearby properties while crews worked to fix the problem. Crews worked into the night and have continued this morning to get the water running again.

Businesses east of Oriole Road water are well hydrated, but the west side is dry. Starbucks has closed while it waits for the water necessary to make its hot beverages, so it might be wise to find your caffeine kick elsewhere. However neighbouring Dominos Pizza has remained open with a little craftiness.

"My wife is bringing water from the other location," said store owner Rocky Hunter.

Giant jugs are delivered from the North Shore location and hauled into the shop with the help of a couple employees. They're poured into the big kitchen sink and used for dishes and cleaning, Hunter said. It's the first time the water has been down in the eight or so years he's owned the Valleyview location.

Inconvenient? Yes. But Hunter said it's working.

"We're able to still stay open," he said.

The city reported this morning that the break occurred around 4 p.m. yesterday on the Valleyview frontage road. An eight-inch isolation valve was damaged, running 14-feet deep. Service is expected to return later today.

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