(Updated at 10:40 a.m.) Crews are on the scene of a water main break on Barracks Row.
A 12 inch water main burst under 8th Street SE, near the Starbucks, early Wednesday morning. DC Water crews were able to shut off the flow of water — which turned the road into a river — by 6:30 a.m.
While repairs continue, 25 businesses in the area — mostly restaurants — are without water. DC Water hopes to have the water main fixed by tonight.
“We will need to excavate, shore up the excavation site and make water main repairs,” said DC Water spokeswoman Pamela Mooring. “There is also road, sidewalk and curb damage. We will make temporary road repairs once the main repairs are complete.”
A helpful piece of advice from the Barracks Row Main Street Twitter account:
Be mindful of traffic closures due to water break. Visit one of our businesses once it clears out though! Maybe you can ice skate here…
— Barracks Row Main St (@BarracksRow) December 24, 2014
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