Pigtown water main break

A water main break at 1200 Washington Blvd. caused homes to be evacuated and about 16 people were displaced. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / December 28, 2013)

A broken water main in Pigtown Sunday evening caused water to be shut off to about 200 homes, a school and several businesses all day Monday while the city worked to fix the pipe, according to the Department of Public Works.

"Barring any unforeseen underground problems," water was expected to be restored overnight Monday, Public Works spokesman Jeffrey Raymond said in a statement.

The 20-inch pipe in the 1200 block of Washington Blvd. ruptured around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, flooding the basements of about 10 homes and causing police to evacuate 16 residents, Raymond said.

Washington Boulvevard was closed in both directions between West Cross and Carey streets, as was about a block of Ostend Street near the intersection of Ostend and Washington.

Tap water in the area may be cloudy, but it is safe and should be allowed to run until clear, Raymond said. Residents with questions or who require assistance may call 311.

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