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Water Main Break Reported Along Washington Street East In Charleston

Reported: Jan. 8, 2014 8:02 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 8, 2014 8:31 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va., (Bethany Simmons, Katelyn Sykes) - West Virginia American Water crews were working to repair a water main break Wednesday in Charleston.

The break was reported about 4 a.m. along Washington Street near the bus station. West Virginia American Water said Washington Street at Clendenin Street in downtown Charleston was closed while crews worked to repair the break. It was not known how long the roadway would be closed.

A 12-inch pipe apparently burst in the area,a West Virginia American Water crew member said.

State crews also were being called to the scene to make repairs to the roadway. Water seeped up through the road appeared to be inches deep in some places. The water turned to ice because of the frigid temperatures.

West Virginia American Water crew members said the affected pipe was between 4 and 5 feet underground. Crews had to plow ice off of the street to begin digging for the pipe that burst.



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