The break at the intersection of 4th and C streets NE closed 4th Street between Massachusetts and Maryland avenues NE.
DC Water is still working to repair the break, which a spokesperson said usually takes 6-8 hours.
A water main break has shut down a portion of 1st Street NE near Union Station.
The northbound and southbound lanes of 1st Street between G Street and G Place NE are closed to traffic as workers fix the 8-inch water main. Crews are expected to finish repairs by 3 p.m., according to D.C. Water.
The nearby U.S. Government Publishing Office is without water service, a D.C. Water spokeswoman said. No other D.C. Water customers are affected.
The cause of the break wasn’t immediately clear.
Second Street SE is closed between East Capitol Street and Independence Avenue, near the Library of Congress.
A steady stream of water was flowing there this afternoon.
A 12-inch water main burst earlier today, DC Water spokeswoman Pamela Mooring said. Repairs are set to begin at 7 p.m. and continue for six to eight hours, until as late as 3 a.m. It won’t be clear until repairs begin whether anyone’s service will be disrupted tonight or early into tomorrow morning.
The Library of Congress was open as of 2:50 p.m. and had running water.
The street closure is expected to be in effect overnight, according to the Senate Sergeant at Arms.
Workers are doing emergency repairs on a water main at North Capitol Street and Quincy Place NE after a rupture, police said about 4:35 p.m.
The pre-rush hour incident has snarled traffic in both directions from Quincy Place NE to K Street NE, which is about 12 blocks south.
Crews across the region are scrambling to repair water mains that have burst during freezing temperatures.
Photo via DDOT
D.C. Water says the broken water main on 8th Street SE has been fixed, but the Thai restaurant The Old Siam is still coping with damage.
The basement of the 406 8th St. SE restaurant was inundated with two feet of water because of the water main break Christmas Eve morning, manager Nikkie Likitvanichkul said today (Monday). The flooding broke the heater for the entire building, and forced the restaurant to close for most of Wednesday.
“We probably lost a lot of business,” Likitvanichkul said as crews worked again this morning — just feet from The Old Siam’s front door — to repair the 12-inch pipe that flooded Barracks Row.
The Old Siam is open today but on Wednesday had to stay closed until 5 p.m. They usually open at 11:30 a.m. The Thai and sushi restaurant was able to operate for three hours before they were forced to close again.
The restaurant doesn’t yet know how much damage was done and is awaiting an insurance assessment, Likitvanichkul said.
(Updated at 12:30 p.m.) A water main break has closed a stretch of Barracks Row again, for the second time in less than a week.
Eighth Street SE is closed to traffic between D and E SE. The affected block is home to Starbucks, The Sweet Lobby, Chipotle and Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill. Those businesses were open and had water service as of 12:30 p.m. today (Monday).
Additional repairs were needed on the same 12-inch water main that flooded the same block early Wednesday morning, a D.C. Water spokeswoman said. The water main work was complete by early this afternoon, but the the road closure remained in effect for “related utility work.” All water service has reportedly been restored.
Eighth Street SE should be able to be reopened by about 6 p.m. today, the D.C. Water spokeswoman said. In the meantime, buses are being rerouted.
(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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