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‘Heavily damaged’ water main on Bosley Avenue in Towson that caused natural gas leak remediated, city officials say

Workers dig at the intersection of Bosley Road and Joppa Road in Towson where repairs are underway for a watermain break and natural gas leak.
Workers dig at the intersection of Bosley Road and Joppa Road in Towson where repairs are underway for a watermain break and natural gas leak. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

A 12-inch water main on Bosley Avenue in Towson that was heavily damaged after rainfall that caused flash floods in areas of the Baltimore region Wednesday evening has been fixed, according to a city Public Works official.

Water service that had been interrupted to two fire hydrants, a nearby church and shopping center were restored late Thursday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Baltimore City Department of Public Works said.

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The collapse of the surface into the water line at 1614 Bosley Ave. sometime before 5:30 a.m. led to a natural gas leak there, said Baltimore Gas and Electric spokeswoman Ann Mooney. A Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman said the leak posed no danger to the surrounding community, and no one had been evacuated.

Towson University released a safety alert early Thursday morning advising campus personnel to avoid the leak at Bosley Avenue and West Joppa Road. The road is “very much damaged,” and had been closed since before 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, said Dave Fidlar, spokesman for Baltimore County Department of Public Works.

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BGE and county public works crews were working to remediate the leak and address the water main damage Thursday afternoon. Mooney said energy service to customers had not been interrupted.

Both directions of Bosley Avenue from Kenilworth Drive to Allegheny Avenue were closed early Thursday morning.

“The big thing is to make sure no water is introduced into the gas main” to avoid damaging the gas line, Fidlar said.

The water main is beyond repair, and will need to be replaced, he said.

A Baltimore City Public Works spokeswoman did not respond to questions about the severity of the damage or to confirm which properties were without water. She did not respond to a question Friday afternoon regarding whether the water main will be replaced.

Baltimore City is the main municipal water supplier for the greater Baltimore region, including Baltimore County.

Fidlar said a nearby church and shopping center, as well as two fire hydrants, did not have water service as of Thursday afternoon.

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