16 people evacuated after Pigtown water main break

Baltimore, MD - The water came gushing out, transforming areas of Washington Boulevard in Pigtown to small fountains and a river flowing through the streets.  Crews came out around 5:30 Sunday evening blocking off the roads and cleaning up after a 20 inch water main collapsed.

"This is a lot of water moving up and through the streets, so we're going to make sure that we're going to get that shut off and addressed as soon as we can," said Jeffrey Raymond with the Department of Public Works.

16 people were evacuated from ten homes Sunday evening.

"The concern is with water in the basement of these houses, that either a gas main going out or coming in contact with electricity might be an issue," Raymond said.

Christine Akuaku lives just off Washington Boulevard, she says about an hour after the water main broke, she and her husband noticed water leaking into their basement.

"It was coming across the street where we were, on our actual block, and then I was like, 'Oh no, the basement, it's going to flood!'" She said.

She says she had to avoid several inches of water just to cross the street into their home.

"I actually said that to my husband, I said, 'I've never seen this before. I've never seen a flood or anything.' This is a lot of water," Akuaku said.

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