Water Main Breaks Disrupt Morning Commutes In Greater Boston Area

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two water main breaks—one in Arlington and one in Boston—were seen Wednesday morning, disrupting some morning commutes.

The break in Arlington shut down the intersection of Brattle Street and Summer Street.

The other one occurred in Boston’s North End between Hanover Street and North Street, leading to the closure of Richmond Street.

Richmond Street remained closed as crews made repairs following the 8 inch break, which occurred next to a gas line.

Boston Water and Sewer Commission's Stephen Maloney said the break in the North End happened around 5:15 a.m., sending water, mud, and rocks down the road.

"The water that we pipe to our homes and businesses is under pretty significant pressure. So when there is a break, the water comes out at a pretty good force, which is why you see gravel and stones in the streets," Maloney said.

Water was also shut off for the restaurants and the immediate surrounding area.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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