Broken Water Main Buckles Road, Floods Homes in Capitol Heights
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (WNEW) — An overnight water main break in Capitol Heights has buckled a section of Larchmont Avenue and flooded homes a few blocks away.
An 8-inch water main located near Marlboro Pike and Larchmont Avenue ruptured around 3 a.m. Friday. The pipe is 83 years old, according to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials.
A portion of the pavement on Larchmont Avenue has buckled as a result of the overflow of water. Larchmont Avenue is closed between Gunther Street and Heath Street as WSSC crews work to repair the break.
The WSSC said about 35 customers are affected and that three homes have experienced flooding.
Residents tell WNEW’s John Domen that brown, foul-smelling water was bubbling out of toilets and through the plumbing, leaving more than a foot of water in basements.
Residents say firefighters knocked on their doors around 2 a.m. Friday to advise them about the flooding.
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