Massive Water Main Break In Shuts Down Traffic | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Massive Water Main Break In Shuts Down Traffic

Play associated audio
This first part of the two-phase project will shut down Canal Road, from MacArthur Boulevard to 35th Street in northwest Washington.
Patrick Madden
This first part of the two-phase project will shut down Canal Road, from MacArthur Boulevard to 35th Street in northwest Washington.

By Patrick Madden

A massive water main break in the heart of downtown D.C. paralyzed traffic earlier today and sent water gushing as high as 8 feet in the air.

Workers on the corner of 17th and P streets Northwest shoveled bits of debris and concrete into wheelbarrows. It's one reminder of the force of this morning's 20-inch water main break.

Nobu Yamazaki owns a sushi place right across the street. It's restaurant week in the district, and Yamazaki says he was fully booked for lunch and dinner. "We have no water pressure at all so we had to close the restaurant," he says.

Water and Sewer Authority Chair George Hawkins blames the break on a couple of things: the current cold snap, the construction crew that triggered the break when they lifted up the man hole cover, and the age of the main, which dates back to 1887.

NPR

Not My Job: Travel Guru Rick Steves Gets Quizzed On Steve Ricks

Since we specialize in asking people things they know nothing about, we've decided to ask Rick Steves three questions about the people out there in the world who have his name, but reversed.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
NPR

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.