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Water Main Break Floods Streets in NW, Fills Excavation Site

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Estimate from crews at this construction site: 7.4 million gallons of water in the excavation - or 12 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Estimate from crews at this construction site: 7.4 million gallons of water in the excavation – or 12 Olympic-size swimming pools.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A water main break in Northwest Washington on Saturday left some residents without water and forced multiple road closures, as enough water to fill 12 Olympic-size swimming pools dumped into the streets.

D.C. Water first learned of the 20-inch water main break at 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, and crews arrived shortly after to begin assessing the damage.

The break was repaired just after midnight Sunday morning and crews remained on the scene throughout the morning as water pressure returned to businesses in the area.

Crews pumped out more than 7.4 million gallons of water that filled an adjacent excavation site, as well as removed water from nearby Mayflower Hotel, which was also partially flooded.

All roads that were previously closed due to the break have been reopened.

Photos: Water Main Break Fills Excavation Site

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