Repairs Underway After 90-Year Old Water Main Breaks in Bladensburg

77 Customers Without Water

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

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Water accumulated due to water breakLaurel – January 27, 2015: WSSC crews are working to repair a broken 12-inch water main in the 4800 block of Edmonston Road in Bladensburg. The pipe is 90 years old.

The main broke about 3:30 a.m. today. Crews spent about four hours working to get all the necessary valves closed to stop the flow of water. There are 77 customers without water.

WSSC employee fixing the water main breakA sinkhole formed in the street and swallowed one car. Another was stuck on the edge of the sinkhole.

Both cars have been removed. WSSC’s Claims and Emergency Services Team is onsite working with affected homeowners.

Crews are replacing about 15-feet of pipe. Water service is expected to be restored by this evening. Repairs to the road will begin once the pipe is fixed.

Edmonston Road is closed between Decatur Street and Chesapeake Road while repairs continue.

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