SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Downtown Springfield businesses are re-opening after Wednesday’s water main break forced them to close. Most businesses dealt with their temporary setbacks by Thursday, and while construction crews cleaned up the mess outside, businesses in downtown Springfield were doing their own damage control.
Wednesday’s water main break flooded Main Street and created a sizable sinkhole at Bridge Street. Tower Square closed, affecting dozens of business, including the Marriott Hotel. 24 hours later, they were making up for lost time.
“This is painful, we’re losing a lot of productivity downtown,” said Mark Teed of Raymond James & Associates. “You know, if people were calling in, they were getting busy signals, and people get frustrated when that happens. That to me was the biggest worry.”
When the Marriot hotel lost power because of the water main break, about 100 guests were taken across the street to the Sheraton hotel. Now, all those guests are back at the Marriot, where almost everything is back to normal.
Currents restaurant will re-open Friday. The Sheraton sent home their extra housekeeping and restaurant staff. Nearby businesses that weren’t forced to close understand the struggle.
“You always hate to have a stoppage of business for whatever reason,” says Keith Makarowski, owner of Theodore’s. “Springfield is pretty resilient between tornadoes and whatever, and we seem to get right back on our feet.”
Tower Square and the Marriot are open, as are all the parking garages. The Springfield DPW told 22News Main Street could re-open by Saturday afternoon.