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Inspection records for the water main that burst and flooded River Road in Bethesda Maryland last year are still missing, despite a three-month search. The main that burst last December dated back to 1965. The break in December left several people trapped in cars. They had to be rescued by helicopter and boat. After the flood, investigators determined that the main had been laid incorrectly.

Since then, officials have been looking for the original inspection records. The records were supposed to help identify other lines that could have similar problems. But the Washington Post reports the WSSC has come up empty handed.

A spokesman for the commission tells the paper the records could have been thrown away when a storage room was cleaned out in March or April. That was before the search began. Though he says the records may have been discarded years ago. The commission only has to keep them for 2 years.

Rebecca Blatt reports...

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