Water Woes On DCs Beltway

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 1:33pm

Massive water main break topples cars, floods businesses.

A massive water main break shut down a portion of the Washington, DC beltway loop early Monday.

Rushing water ruined the morning commute for thousands of drivers and damaged nearby businesses and vehicles.

Authorities said the water main ruptured at about 4 a.m. Monday and closed all southbound lanes of Interstate 95 by 5 a.m.

Water was pouring from a broken 54-inch pipe and freezing on the highway, creating a sheet of ice.

Authorities said the water was as high as three feet against some highway guard rails.

At the center of the water main break, vehicles were thrown into the air and came down on their roofs, and asphalt crashed through the windows of a nearby business.

As of 11 a.m., the water was still flowing out of the ruptured main.

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