E. Baltimore water main repairs to continue through evening

Hundreds of East Baltimore residents who have been without water since Saturday will have to wait a few more hours while city public works crews repair another problem that arose Monday afternoon, a Public Works spokesman said.

City crews have repaired problems with smaller lines that arose after an earlier water main repair and were restoring running water when the sealing on the repair clamps failed, Bob Murrow of the Baltimore Department of Public Works said.

The 20-inch main was repaired by 4:23 a.m. Monday morning, but three additional small water service lines also broke when they started allowing water to flow through the repaired main, Murrow said.

Officials say pipes were brought in to repair the main that broke Saturday morning inside City Springs Park in the 1600 block of E. Lombard St.

A large 40-inch main feeds into the affected pipe, which complicated the repair. Water was shut off between Fayette and Lombard Streets and Broadway and Caroline Street, he said.

The break flooded a church basement, which workers pumped out, Murrow said.

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