Water Main Break Pours Into D.C. Streets

DC Water says there are 5 or 6 excavators underwater in the construction site.
Water Main Break Underwater - Cam
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DC Water says there are 5 or 6 excavators underwater in the construction site.
Estimate from crews at this construction site: 7.4 million gallons of water in the excavation - or 12 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Water Main Break 7+ Mill Gallons - Cam
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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.
Crews to drain water from construction site slowly so a pressure drop doesn't cause a cave-in.
Water Main Break Drain - Cam
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Crews to drain water from construction site slowly so a pressure drop doesn't cause a cave-in.
DC Water says it's already reached the broken line. Piece broke off, rather than split. Easier fix.
Water Main Street View - Cam
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DC Water says it's already reached the broken line. Piece broke off, rather than split. Easier fix.
Here's what the pipe burst looks like. About 5-6 foot burst. 10-12 hours to fix. 17th and Rhode Island Ave NW.
Water Main Break - Cam
Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW
Here's what the pipe burst looks like. About 5-6 foot burst. 10-12 hours to fix. 17th and Rhode Island Ave NW.
DC Water says it could have pipe fixed in 10-12 hours. Draining construction site will take however long is safe.
Water Main Repairs
Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW
DC Water says it could have pipe fixed in 10-12 hours. Draining construction site will take however long is safe.
Picture of the burst water main on 17th St NW. Rubble covering the hole.
Water Main Rubble - Cam
Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW
Picture of the burst water main on 17th St NW. Rubble covering the hole.
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