Statement from WSSC Regarding Accident in Hyattsville

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 13, 2014

We understand from news reports that there was an accident this morning in the 4800 block of Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville, where a vehicle hit a pedestrian and then ran into a building. Sadly, the pedestrian has since died.

WSSC is aware of two pipe leaks in the immediate area. Leaks were confirmed by WSSC in a 12-inch pipe at 4824 Rhode Island Avenue on January 7, 2014, and an 8-inch pipe at 4801 Rhode Island Avenue on January 9, 2014.

As part of routine maintenance procedures, the decision was made at 7:30 am today to assign a crew to repair the leaking 8-inch pipe at 4801 Rhode Island Avenue. That crew was dispatched at 7:40 am. The decision was also made to hold off on repairs of the main at 4824 Rhode Island Avenue.

At this time, we have not heard anything official from the Prince George’s County Police Department. We will cooperate fully in their investigation.

As we have reported over the last week, the extreme cold snap has caused a high number of water main breaks and leaks. As of this morning, nearly 60 breaks and leaks still needed to be repaired. We prioritize which breaks and leaks to fix based on a variety of factors, including impact on customers as well as the impact on the roadway and other circumstances. It is common for a break to occur and customers still have water service until the pipe is actually shut down for repair. When necessary, WSSC takes steps, such as salting, to minimize the impact of breaks on roads in extremely cold conditions.

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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