UPDATE (1:50 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27): West Virginia American Water says that all customers should have service restored within the next hour. Crews are still working to repair the main break on Arlington Avenue, but water is being diverted through the system to bring water to everyone.

UPDATE (12:51 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27): According to West Virginia American Water, the following communities are currently impacted by this water main break:

  • West Charleston
  • Coopers Creek
  • Big Chimney
  • Mink Shoals
  • Elkview
  • Pinch
  • Clendenin
  • Queen Shoals
  • Big Sandy

UPDATE (11:57 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27): Three more schools will be closing early on Thursday due to a water main break. The list of schools is now:

  • Pinch Elementary School
  • Herbert Herver High School
  • Elkview Middle School
  • Capital High School
  • Shoals Elementary School

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Five schools in Charleston are dismissing early today, Thursday, Jan. 27 due to a water main break in the area.

According to West Virginia American Water, the break happened on Arlington Avenue and caused flooding down Cora to Pennsylvania Avenue. They say they do not have an estimate as to how many customers are affected at this time, but Capital High School, Shoals Elementary School, Pinch Elementary School, Herbert Hoover High School and Elkview Middle School are impacted by the outage caused by the water main break.

Kanawha County Schools says the two schools have made the decision to dismiss at 10 a.m. today because of the issue.

WV American Water officials say crews in the field have determined that the cause of the water main break is weather-related and are estimating that it will take approximately six to eight hours to fix the issue and restore water to affected customers.

  • A water main break near Pennsylvania avenue and Cora Street in Charleston. (Photo Credit: WOWK 13 News Reprter Andie Bernhardt)