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Water main break in Southwest Baltimore leaves 100 homes without water service

An estimated 100 homes in Southwest Baltimore had their water shut off Thursday morning following a water main break in the Beechfield neighborhood, the Department of Public Works said.

An eight-inch pipe burst about 6:23 a.m. at the intersection of Markham and Melbourne roads, near the Baltimore County border, public works spokesman Jeffrey Raymond said.

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It’s unclear exactly how long the water shutoff will last, but a crew is working to dig up the ruptured pipe and water service is typically restored in about 24 hours, he said.

“We hesitate to give a time until completion,” Raymond said. “Hopefully these things are resolved in 24 hours typically, but it’s tough to put a specific time on it.”

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A water main break closed North Charles Street near Mt. Royal Avenue just before evening rush hour Wednesday.  

The department has had fewer water main breaks so far this winter than usual, Raymond said, which he attributed to warmer weather.

He advised residents to keep several gallons of bottled water — three days’ worth — in their homes in case of water outages, and said residents should leave a small stream of water running from their sink faucets when temperatures dip below 25 degrees for an extended amount of time to keep pipes from freezing.

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