UPDATE | Water restored to 1,500 customers in South Charleston

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 8/14/19 @ 6:35 p.m.
Water service has been restored to all customers in the South Charleston area after a water main broke Wednesday morning, a spokesperson with West Virginia American Water said. Some customers in higher elevations could still be experiencing low water pressure as the system recovers.

A section of Kanawha Turnpike is closed due to a water main break Wednesday morning.

WV American Water estimated 1,500 people were impacted by the water main break in the 1400 block of Kanawha Turnpike.

WV American Water, Department of Highways and the city of South Charleston are working together to repair the road surface and reopen the road. They estimate the road will remain closed for paving through Thursday morning or early afternoon.

All impacted customers are under a boil water advisory for at least 24 hours until the water company confirms the water is safe.

UPDATE 8/14/19 @ 11:45 a.m.
A spokesperson from WV American water has said the road closure on Kanawha Turnpike has extended to the area between Oak Street and Wisteria Street.

The cause of the water main break and the number of impacted customers are still unknown.

According to Metro 911, the road is expected to be closed until approximately 8 o'clock Wednesday evening.

All of the schools and Thomas Memorial Hospital are back in water service at this time.

South Charleston High School, Bridgeview Elementary, and Richmond Elementary will close at 12:40 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY 8/14/19 @ 10:30 a.m.
A section of Kanawha Turnpike is closed due to a water main break Wednesday morning.

An emergency message from Metro 911 says Kanawha Turnpike is shut down from Chestnut Street to Chesapeake Street. Drivers are asked to use an alternate route if travelling in that area.

The South Charleston Fire Department and West Virginia American Water are on scene.

We have a reporter at the scene as well to keep you updated.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.