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MASSENA - Two water main breaks disrupted traffic and business in the village of Massena Wednesday.

The first was reported at 5 a.m. on Jefferson Avenue, and the more significant break reported close to 10 a.m. occurred at Main at Orvis streets, according to Water Department Foreman Steven S. Dailey.

Traffic from East Orvis to Main Street had to be redirected as crews dug up pavement near the parking lot of Rite Aid in downtown Massena. Main Street residents and businesses between Orvis Street and Laurel Avenue and Bridges Avenue were impacted.

Kim Barney, an employee of Via Main Restaurant, said the restaurant was able to stay open for most of the day by using water that remained in the pipes. However, the lack of water forced them to close for the dinner crowd and impacted their ability to clean up from the customers they could serve. “We’ve got piled up dishes,” Ms. Barney said.

She felt the closure didn’t have too large of an impact as the heavy snowfall may have discouraged many residents from going out to eat.

DPW crews worked on the main throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

The day’s first break impacted service to residents on Jefferson Avenue between Spruce Street and Roosevelt Street. That break was fixed around 8:30 a.m., Mr. Dailey said.

Department of Public Works crews have dealt with a number of main breaks in the last few days, which have been a result of the cold winter weather. Mr. Dailey said the problem is a combination of frost in the ground and cold water running through the pipes.

“The cold temperatures make the metal pipes contract, and they can only contract so much,” he said.

Mayor James F. Hidy commended DPW employees for addressing the high number of main breaks in a timely manner.

“These guys are working feverishly. They’ve been responding and getting the lines up rapidly,” Mr. Hidy said. “They’ve done admirably to rectify the issues.”

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