HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- WSSC crews are dealing with somewhat of an unusual water main break in Hyattsville.
A crew from New Jersey will be working all night to block the line to stop water from going in to the hole. THen WSSC will begin to make repairs to the break in the line.
On Saturday, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Spokesperson, Jerry Irvine, tells WUSA 9 they haven’t been able to start repairs because they can’t turn the water off.
Irvine tells WUSA 9, it has to do with the pipes around the water main break being so old. “Hyattsville: 16” water main put in the ground in 1926” read a post from @WSSCWaterNews on Twitter.
It happened on Hamilton St. near 38th Avenue sometime between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., WSSC tells WUSA9. It’s a reported 16-inch water main break.
No one WUSA 9 spoke to on scene reported hearing anything, but they definitely saw it.
Early Saturday morning video showed a car that appeared to be slowly dipping into the giant hole spewing with water on Hamilton Ave.
The good news is, by then, it was already on a Tow truck line. The neighbors who say this say they’re just grateful it wasn’t worse.
“For it to happen like that I was shocked. Surprised. Because I ain’t used to, we ain’t used to seeing activity like that over there at the park,” said Dennis Wilkes, a Prince George’s Apartments resident. Water came out a little softer than normal in his kitchen sink. For Wilkes, Saturday meant no laundry could be done. He also had a hard time bathing.
“Like I said, this morning, it wasn’t even dripping that much,” Wilkes said describing the water pressure early Saturday morning.
The WSSC spokesperson tells WUSA 9, he thinks the main split, which means it blew and massive hole, along with broken concrete, was a result of that.
Wilkes still had running water Saturday afternoon, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Water poured into the massive hole for at least 10-hours because crews could not get the nearest water valves to shut off. The WSSC spokesperson believes it’s because of the system’s age. Some of the pipes here said to be around 90-years-old and WSSC cannot start repairs until the water is shut off.
“I didn’t really want to say frustrated but concerned, concerned for my residents,” said Sharon Washington, a Manager at the Prince George’s County Apartments. She spent the day trying to alert her 156-units their water could go out once values are secured.
“Good thing nobody got hurt. That section always full of cars,” said Orlando Flores.
Cars and other vehicles getting by is also a worry since policed Hamilton St. on either side of the break.
“My concern is if I can get out and come in, that’s my only main concern,” said Edward Jones, a Postal Service Worker surveying the water main break closures to find out how he can get to work.