What’s Open, Closed During Fort Lauderdale Water Main Break

Several stores and businesses in the Fort Lauderdale area are temporarily closing after a water main break was damaged during a construction incident, halting services for many residents.

The broken main, which was damaged near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, is impacting residents in Fort Lauderdale and neighboring cities. Officials are urging those affected to limit water use until the problem is solved.

Other cities affected include Oakland Park, Davie, Lauderdale By-the-Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, Tamarac and Wilton Manors. Port Everglades is also impacted by the water break. Click here to view the complete map.

A boil water notice has been issued for the cities, while residents have been notified to be prepared to be without water anywhere from 24 to 36 hours.

Here is a running list of what’s open and closed as officials work to repair the break.


Galleria Mall is closed. The Coral Ridge Mall is open until further notice.

On Las Olas Boulevard from SE 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue, three food and drink establishments are currently closed—or partially closed. The Cheesecake Factory is one of the restaurants that is closed.  

One of the restaurants that remains open is “Gran Forno Pronto Las Olas”, which is still open and is getting by by serving bottled water, disposable plates and cutlery.

Grocery Stores

While Galleria Mall is closed, the nearby Publix remains open. 

The Whole Foods on Federal Highway south of Oakland Park Blvd is closed.

Other grocery stores are currently up and running, but bottled water is reportedly selling out fast.

Locations have been opened for distribution of bottled water at the following addresses:

  • Beach Community Center, 3351 NE 33rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale
  • Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
  • Riverside Park, 555 SW 11th Ave, Fort Lauderdale


The North Broward Hospital District is continuing to run despite the water alert. Broward Health Medical Center will be using bottled water all day, NBC 6’s Julia Bagg reports.

Office Buildings/Banks

The Bank of America Financial Center, located at 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., is closed Thursday.

The Broward County Convention Center is closed. Events taking place in the building have been canceled until further notice. 


Hotels within the city of Fort Lauderdale that are impacted by the water main burst are evacuating, according to City Chamber of Commerce. The organization said the closure a life safety issue because water pressure is too low to service.

The Riviera Hotel, which has 200 rooms, is one of the hotels that has been evacuated. 

Federal Buildings

The Broward County Courthouse, located at 201 SE Third Ave., is closed.


Classes and operations at Florida Atlantic University’s Fort Lauderdale campus are cancelled Thursday following the water break.

Nova Southeastern University’s East Campus will remain operational, according to the institution’s Twitter page.

Nova’s Kid in Distress (KID) dental and optometry clinics in Wilton Manors are closed. Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is also closed.

All Broward Community Schools, which offer adult education classes, are closed and will resume classes Monday night. 


The L.A. Fitness south of Oakland Park Boulevard is closed.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Please check back for more updates.

Get the latest from NBC 6 anywhere, anytime