MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A broken water main has left parts of Poplar Avenue shut down. The break occurred around 4 a.m. near East High School.

MLGW says the break was due to old age of the main. The company had to dig a large hole in the middle of Poplar to get the break fixed, leaving the street blocked from Holmes Street to Tillman.

In order to fix the problem, MLGW shut off water to both residents and businesses in the area.

Workers at a tire store located right in front of where the break happened said they had no water and to send customers to nearby gas stations if they needed to use the bathroom.

Only about 15 customers were affected. However, the shutdown of half a mile of Poplar is affecting thousands of drivers.

Drivers are being asked to take Walnut Grove.

MLGW says they plan to fix the problem within the next day.