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Boston Street Buckles Under Weight of Water Main Break

The break occurred on Northern Ave on Saturday

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    Authorities responded to the scene of a major water main break in Boston on Saturday. (Published Saturday, Aug 16, 2014)

    Water gushed from underneath Northern Avenue in Boston's Seaport District after a 30-inch water main burst, flooding the road, a parking lot and two nearby construction sites, where work had to be halted.

    Greg Sherman was just trying to get to work at his restaurant, Rosa Mexicano, across the street.

    "It was interesting," he said. "The whole road was closed off, there was police everywhere, there was four fire trucks. I didn't know what was going on at first, all I cared about was being able to get through."

    The water main break took place around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Many in South Boston suddenly discovered the water wasn't flowing out of the faucet like it normally does.

    "We've had calls that some people have low pressure, but no one is out of water at this point," said Danielle Domingos of Boston Water and Sewer. "Everyone in the neighborhood has water."

    Crews eventually shut down the water and by-passed the break, but not before creating a mess on Northern Avenue, where the pavement buckled in several spots.

    What's still unclear is why this happened.

    Some nearby businesses on Seaport Boulevard were told to hold off on using their water until the health department deemed it safe. At Rosa Mexicano, luckily, everything was just fine.

    "They came in this morning," said Sherman. "They checked out the water, they said our restaurant is completely fine to open."

    The work continues on repairing the main. Then they need to go back and fix the roadway that buckled in several spots. The goal is to have all of this work completed by the start of the work day on Monday.

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