WESTMINSTER , SC (FOX Carolina) – Oconee County Emergency Services said a section of US 123 is closed in Westminster Thursday after the roadway was washed out.

Officials said a water main broke past Tabor Road and eroded part of the asphalt.

It happened around 3 p.m. and left the road completely unusable.

A utility pole also fell due to the washout.

The road will be closed for several hours as crews make emergency repairs.

Officials said a detour has been setup.

No one was hurt in the washout.

On Friday, officials with the city of Westminster reported more about the roadway washout, indicated that water service had been disrupted as a result of the washout: 

Yesterday afternoon failure of a slope supporting Toccoa Hwy., or US Hwy 123, between Dixon Road and Singleton Road caused an eight inch water line serving areas southwest of Singleton Road to collapse. Approximately 100 feet of water line fell into a cavity created by the slope failure. This occurred approximately at 4 PM Thursday February 21st.

City crews began restoration of water service shortly thereafter and worked through the night to restore temporary water service at approximately 5 AM this morning . We estimate at least 200 homes were initially affected, possibly more, until the break could be isolated from other parts of the system.

The restoration efforts were hindered by rainfall throughout the night as well as a difficult excavation through an 8” concrete roadway encountered well underneath the asphalted surface of US Hwy. 123.

For that reason a temporary water service was placed along the failed slope. City employees will be returning today, Friday February 22nd, to install approximately 220 feet of water line across to the south side of the Hwy. 123 fill and reconnect to the existing water line east of Singleton Road. The southwestern face of the slope, or the east bound lane, appears to be stable enough to support this relocation. There may be a temporary outage as this occurs.

It is evident due to the nature and degree of the slope failure that US Hwy.123 may be closed for an indefinite period of time and re-routed as is currently detoured. Local SCDOT officials should be contacted for an exact information regarding repair of Toccoa Hwy.

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