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Water-main break in Baltimore shuts off service to hundreds

Several hundred homes and a few businesses in Baltimore that been without water since Saturday because of a water main break will likely see service return early Monday, the city Department of Public Works said.

The damaged 20-inch line affected service in a small area roughly bounded by Lombard Street to the south, Fayette Street to the north, Broadway to the east and Caroline Street to the west, said Robert Murrow, a spokesman for the public works agency. He said water to that area was shut off late Saturday afternoon after a section of pipe blew out, and service is expected to resume around 2 a.m..

The work was complicated by the large number of pipes connecting to the damaged water main, he said. More than 30 valves needed to be shut off before repairs could begin.

Murrow said water might initially look dirty once service returns, a result of stirred-up sediment. Customers should let the water run for several minutes to clear that out, he said.

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