Floods and Flooding

Baltimore public works crews ordered to work 12-hour shifts amid dozens of water main breaks

Baltimore public works crews ordered to work 12-hour shifts amid dozens of water main breaks

Baltimore is ordering all public works crews to work 12-hour shifts and calling in contractors to repair three dozen water main breaks that flooded streets across the region amid sub-freezing temperatures.

Flooding disrupted at least three major Baltimore thoroughfares Tuesday — including one where a nearby resident said she reported a water main leak to the city last summer. Other breaks resulted in water outages affecting dozens of homes in Baltimore city and county neighborhoods. Some schools across the state closed for water issues or just for the bitter cold.

“I’m asking for residents’ patience,” said Baltimore Public Works Director Rudy Chow. “Our crews are working...

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