A large water main burst near 9th and Douglas late Tuesday afternoon, sending water rushing into the street. It left some living downtown planning for a night without access to water.
Some guests at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel decided to find other hotels. Residents at Beebe + Runyan lofts planned for a night ahead without running water.
Many like Renee Schwartz were forced to make late dinner arrangements or a grocery store run for what could be a long wait until the water is back on.
"Earlier they were saying 10:30, but I don't know how realistic that is so it's better to be prepared," Schwartz said.
MUD crews shut off water around the 5 o'clock rush hour to make repairs. The same thing happened earlier this year around the block on Dodge, forcing crews to shut off water. Resident Tom Syster says the lofts were left without water for several days.
"In the process of fixing it they forgot to tell us to open up our vents," Syster said. "So that was another day and a half because that was over a weekend."
Some restaurants in the area were unaffected, allowing some to leave the house on a chilly Tuesday evening.
MUD expects to have water back on around midnight.