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Another Main Break

November 12, 2012

Another water main break diverted traffic, lowered water pressure and changed plans for people downtown this morning. The Department of Public Works says a 30-inch main let go near the intersection of Madison Street and Guilford Avenue, closing Madison between the Fallsway and Calvert Street.

At 10:30 a.m. the Fallsway was a river, with jets of water shooting up along Madison as crews worked to close the pipe and get started on repairs. The Sun reports that Our Daily Bread was without water but still planning to serve lunch to as many as 800 people on schedule. Port-o-pots were moved into the back lot.

This is the second downtown water main break in five days.

In other crumbling infrastructure news, the cost of repairs to a huge drainage line under Monument Street has quietly doubled to $7 million, according to the Baltimore Brew.

And people—including maybe The Wire’s Richard Burton (Sean “Shamrock” McGinty)–are still facing foreclosure stemming from unpaid water bills.

Just another Baltimore Monday, Hon!

UPDATE (2:50 pm from DPW): “The shutdown of the main is nearing completion. About 19 residences and one business in the 800 block of N Calvert St are without water. Some cloudiness may also be experienced and residents and businesses experiencing that should run their water for several minutes until it clears. Removing your aerator from your faucet will expedite the process and keep sediment from becoming trapped. Once your water clears it means it has returned to normal. If you cannot get your water to clear please call 311. A separate, 16 inch water main has broken on Philadelphia Road at Rossville Blvd. it is causing low water pressure in that portion of Essex. Crews are working to isolated that now.”