Water Main Break Floods Dupont

Drivers and pedestrians braved the flooded streets

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    A massive water main break flooded streets in northwest D.C. (Published Monday, Jan 11, 2010)

    A 20-inch water main broke Monday, flooding the streets in Dupont Circle and temporarily shutting down 17th and P streets in the area.

    Seventeenth Street was closed from Q Street south to P Street, and P Street was closed between 16th and 18th streets. All streets have since reopened.

    The water main broke when a D.C. Department of Transportation contractor hit it while pulling up a manhole, said D.C. Water and Sewer Authority officials.

    Witnesses told News4 that they saw water shooting up as high as 20 feet of water into the air when the break first happened.

    DDOT treated 17th Street and side streets to prevent possible icy conditions.

    The water main was installed in 1877.