UPDATE: North Charles Street reopens following water main break

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Repairs are done to a water main in Mount Vernon.  It closed down a section of North Charles Street causing traffic delays and headaches Wednesday night and much of Thursday.

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The break happened around 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  Crews worked to fix the 10-inch water main break that caused this mess in the 1300 block of N. Charles Street.

The water main also forced businesses on the block to close.

"Right now, it's completely evacuated were just waiting for all of our employees to drop off things," said manager, Dana Davis-Gill. 

She says there's no damage to her restaurant just no running water and no timeline for a fix.

"It may be a few days because the streets ripped up probably other utilities could be damaged under there," said Kurt Kocher, spokesman for Baltimore City Department of Public Works. 

The road buckled,  the water pressure lifted a rock.  Kocher said crews were able to shut off the water quickly; some of the city's infrastructure date back to the 1800's.

"One of them around here I know not too far from here was dated to January 1861 that is just a few months before Abraham Lincoln became president," said Kocher.

DPW officials recommended using other North/South streets to get around the closure. Workers assessed all the possible damage to an underground conduit and electrical and cable lines. 

"The next step is to take a look at the plans and mark it with the utilities there to see where we can dig," said Kocher.

 

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