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Water main break closes section of Larchmont Avenue in Capitol Heights; 35 homes without service

A water main break in an eight-inch pipe closed a Capitol Heights street Friday morning and left 35 homes without service, according to a spokeswoman for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

The break closed the 1200 block of Larchmont Avenue, and officials shut down water service to homes in the area at 4:25 a.m. so crews could begin repairs.

Ayoka Blandford, a WSSC spokeswoman, said the broken pipe, which was 83 years old, buckled the road and created a sinkhole. The commission received a 2:30 a.m. call reporting water in the roadway, and a supervisor was told by Prince George’s County fire officials that at least one home was flooded.

Blandford said crews are removing water from the hole to begin examining the break. She said there was no timetable for when water service would be restored but added that it typically takes between four to eight hours to repair a water main break.

Metro has been alerted to the closure, and buses will be rerouted during the repairs, she said.

Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.

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