Water main breaks disrupt traffic in DC, Md.

Multiple water main breaks caused traffic delays in D.C. and Maryland Thursday afternoon.

The first break happened just south of Dupont Circle on Connecticut Avenue. Cloudy brown water flooded streets in the area.

DC Water said it was a 12-inch pipe dating from the 1940s that broke. The agency also said it anticipates the water main will be repaired overnight and likely before the morning commute.

Bus commuters in Gallery Place and Farragut Square encountered delays due to the flooding. D.C. Fire and EMS worked with businesses in the area to secure power.

Another water main break blocked the southbound lanes of Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane in Montgomery County, Maryland. WSSC Water crews have shut the water off.

The water line is 16 inches and about 80 years old.

A WSSC spokesman said 119 customers were without water at 6:15 p.m. A water station was set up at 9190 Rockville Pike, the Boy Scouts of America building, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

At 10 p.m. Thursday, WSSC said it still needed to clear the broken asphalt to inspect damage to the pipes.

WTOP’s Hannah Parker contributed to this report. 

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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