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Harvey Mise, head of janitorial services at Reagan National Airport, cleans the area below yesterday's water main break.
David Schultz
Harvey Mise, head of janitorial services at Reagan National Airport, cleans the area below yesterday's water main break.

By David Schultz

Harvey Mise, the head of janitorial services at Reagan National, is riding an industrial size floor buffer. Mise says the broken water main last night was the craziest thing he'd ever seen at the airport.

"It looked like a river," he says. "The entire area from that wall to door number six was covered in water. It was about four inches of water all the way down."

Airport authorities quickly shut down all of Terminal C. They were concerned water could seep into the terminal's electrical system. This led to dozens of flight cancellations, just as many travelers were returning home at the end of the holiday weekend.

By 8 a.m. this morning, Mise and his crews stabilized the situation, and the terminal reopened. An airport spokesperson says authorities are unsure why the water main broke.

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