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Authorities reopened Rhode Island Avenue in College Park about 9:30 p.m. after WSSC crews shut off water to a broken water main in the area, utility officials said.

Workers found damage to a 10-inch pipe and began repairs, which are expected to continue overnight and affect about a dozen customers, said I.J. Hudson, a WSSC spokesman. The morning commute in the area should be fine, officials said.

Earlier:

A broken water main shut down traffic Wednesday evening for hours along a busy thoroughfare in College Park, authorities said.

Water flooded across Rhode Island Avenue near the intersection of Cherokee Street about 5:45 p.m. and officials closed Rhode Island Avenue for several blocks just north of University Blvd, said I.J. Hudson, a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokesman.

Fewer than 10 customers lost water service in area and there was an initial report of flooding in one home, Hudson said.

Two water mains are in the area, a 30-inch pipe and a 10-inch pipe, and repair crews were trying to determine which one was damaged, Hudson said. At 9 p.m. Wednesday, officials had no estimate on when repairs would be completed or when the road would be reopened.

On Monday night, a major main burst along Connecticut Avenue, disrupting traffic patterns, sending millions of gallons of water shooting about 40 feet into the air and forcing authorities to impose water restrictions in parts of Montgomery County.

 
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