Jeff Bryan
Utility crews with the city of Dunnellon and U.S. Water work to cut out a broken section of a 12-inch water line that was damaged last Thursday when a Duke Energy contractor struck it with a backhoe behind Rainbow Square Plaza where construction of the new Publix is underway.

An investigation into a water line break is underway, according to the city manager, after a contractor with Duke Energy broke a 12-inch water main last Thursday behind Rainbow Plaza where construction for the new Publix has been underway for the past two months.

The break occurred before 10:30 a.m., said Dawn Bowne, with the city being notified shortly afterward. Crews from city’s utility department and U.S. Water from Florida Governmental Utilities Authority had the break in the line repaired and operational by 3 p.m.