Water Main Break Disrupts Business on Boston's Newbury Street

(NECN: John Moroney) - Today one of Boston's busiest shopping streets was also it's wettest.

An early morning water main break caused a three-by-three foot sinkhole to open up at the intersection of Newbury Street and Clarendon Street. The main broke around 2 a.m. this morning, when debris and water shot up from the ground, flooding the entire area. The cause of the break is still under investigation.

Residents and local businesses in the area were without water for several hours.

At Cafe L'Aroma, the sign outside said it all: no hot water, no coffee, no espresso.

At L'Elegance Salon, Martha Sloan is calling back her clients to tell them their water is back on and they can come back."We are totally ready for business now," she said.

Water service was restored to Newbury Street at 9:45 a.m. this morning, but the Boston Water Commission's Tom Bagley says service to 3 buildings on Clarendon Street may not resume until this afternoon.

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