CHEVY CHASE, Md. (CBSDC) — A massive water main break on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase still is causing traffic problems in the area.

One northbound lane and three southbound lanes of Connecticut Avenue are open between East-West Highway and Jones Bridge Road in Chevy Chase after a 54-inch water main break has wreaked havoc on the area since Monday night.

The break, which occurred in the 8400 block of Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Lake Drive in Chevy Chase at about 8 p.m. Monday, shot water as high as 30 feet into the air completely closed the roadway for hours, authorities said.

Plans to reopen the road by 6 a.m. Tuesday were dampened after a tree fell and downed power lines in the area. Officials said the road would not reopen until the fallen electrical lines could be safely cleared by Pepco crews.

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The enormous force of the break has created a massive hole, washed out portions of the road, and brought down traffic lights.

WSSC believes the break was caused by an aging infrastructure.

Mandatory water restrictions are now in place for all WSSC customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

“Please don’t hoard water,” WSSC General Manager Jerry Johnson said. “We’re not running out. But if everyone can cut their water use by 10 percent we should be okay.”

Until the repairs are complete customers must abide by the following rules:

  • Use water only as necessary
  • Limit flushing toilets
  • Put off washing clothes (if possible)
  • Limit the use of dishwashers / wash only full loads

WSSC says customers should take shorter showers and turn water off while their brushing teeth and washing their hands. In addition, they’re asking residents to not flush the toilet with each use.

A fine of up to $500 can be levied against customers who fail to abide by the restrictions.

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