ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A powerful lightning storm that moved through Ellsworth Wednesday afternoon may be to blame for a washed out road.

Public Works officials said an 8-inch water main buckled and caused a section of Forest Street to collapse. A small section of the road was closed while repairs were underway.

Public Works Director Larry Wilson believes a nearby lightning strike may have been what caused the pipe to burst.

"It was an 8-inch water main with 500,000 gallons of water behind it, across the street by the high school," Wilson said. "[It] probably took out a couple hundred thousand gallons of water before I got it shut off."

Three homes at the end of Forest Street lost water as a result of the burst pipe. Public works officials said repairs would begin Thursday, and estimated they would have water fully restored that evening.