Six million gallons of water poured onto a major roadway after a water main burst in Maryland.


HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A water main that caused major issues on Rhode Island Avenue Thursday evening is back in service, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) reports.

All customers now have water, the WSSC reports, but the road remains closed while repairs continue.

WSSC says six million gallons of water were lost when the pipe burst on Thursday.

Both directions of Rhode Island Avenue (Route 1) between 43rd St. and Charles Armentrout Drive will be closed through Saturday while the repairs continue.

WSSC said crews are taking 18 feet of pipe out of the ground, where there's a 20 by 30 feet wide hole. There is also damage to a storm drain that must be fixed.

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One southbound lane of Rhode Island is open, although officials still suggest that drivers choose alternate routes.

According to WSSC officials, the 73-year-old pipe burst on both ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The 12-inch pipe took three hours to stop the flow of water.

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