The Columbus eruv was down as of 2:30 p.m. March 20, just hours before Shabbat. Shabbat begins at 7:27 p.m.
The recording on the Columbus eruv hotline said there is a break along the creek, and flooding is preventing repairs from being made.
“Right now, I cannot see a solution in site,” the recording said. “You should assume the eruv is down until further notice.”
An eruv allows observant Jews who would otherwise not carry or push objects outside their homes on Shabbat to do so as long as they are within its confines. Within its bounds, observant Jews can carry children and push wheelchairs and strollers on Shabbat.
The status of the eruv can be checked by calling 614-489-8281.
This is a developing story.