A 12-inch water main broke on South Whiting Street in Alexandria Wednesday, sending water shooting into the air and leaving a street flooded.
The break occurred near Stevenson Avenue just east of Interstate 395 in a busy area with residencies, offices and a juvenile detention center.
Alexandria Police said the closure impacts the 200 block of South Whiting Street from Stevenson Avenue to the front of the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center. Only local traffic is allowed there.
Video showed water erupting from the street at 4:30 a.m., police say. The water continued to gush for hours. It was stopped by about 7 a.m.
A contractor was on-site Wednesday to make repairs and water was expected to be restored during the afternoon.
Twenty-one water customers and 15 hydrants may have experienced low pressure or had no water.
Parts of South Whiting Street have buckled and cratered. Water pooled toward Stevenson Avenue, blocking access. Police advised avoiding the area.
With temperatures below freezing, some of that water could have turned to ice.
It’s unclear what caused the break.
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