An officer’s view of a water main break on Van Dorn Street and Edsall Road. (Alexandria Police Department)

Updated at 1:02 p.m.

Authorities said a 60-year-old water main break in Alexandria caused residents in four apartment complexes to have little or no water pressure and shut down some roads as crews worked to fix it.

The break is expected to be fixed later this afternoon.

Officials said those in four complexes, including Stanton Place, Landmark Terrace, Alexandria Station and Cascade Apartments, were affected. Some of those residents had either “very low, or no water pressure” since Wednesday evening, according to Samantha Villegas, an external affairs consultant for Virginia American Water.

She said it was not immediately known what caused the pipe to break.

A 60-year-old pipe broke in Alexandria, causing road closures and loss of services for residents in four apartment complexes. (Courtesy of Virginia American Water)
A 60-year-old pipe broke in Alexandria, causing road closures and loss of services for residents in four apartment complexes. (Courtesy of Virginia American Water)

“Not sure if age alone was the culprit or the heavy rains yesterday added to it,” Villegas said.

Original post at 5:35 a.m.

A water main break in Alexandria is likely to cause traffic delays in Thursday morning’s commute, as some area roads are closed.

The break happened Wednesday evening near Edsall Road and Van Dorn Street.

Crews were working on the roadway early Thursday, but it was not known exactly when the road would reopen. Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Officials showed on Twitter pictures of the roadway crumbling under the pressure of the water. The Alexandria Police Department said in a Twitter message: “Water is a powerful force; Edsall Road is crumbling under the pressure, gone in many spots.”

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