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Residents In Parkville Still Affected By Water Main Break 24 Hours Later

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PARKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Repairs continue on a large, broken water main in Baltimore County.

Christie Ileto has the latest on the extent of the damage.

A gushing geyser and submerged streets can be seen from Sky Eye Chopper 13.

“There was a bang and then water started coming out,” said Annie Jasie.

Twenty-four hours later, crews with Public Works are still working to fix the 24-inch transmission water main in Parkville.

“We just keep watching to see what goes on over there,” said Jessica Greear, who lives down the street.

Officials say the water pressure forcibly moved a slab of concrete and a manhole several feet.

“It did a lot of damage to the sidewalk. There’s some water running from the storm drain probably because of the heavy rains we’ve been having,” said Kurt Kocher, Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

By midday Wednesday, one lane in each direction on Putty Hill Avenue was open. But there are still some detours in place as crews continue digging.

“Everything’s much better. The school buses can get through today and we can get in and out,” Greear said.

While the affected water main doesn’t service individual houses, officials say residents may notice discoloration coming from their faucets.

“If a resident would happen to see brown water, then they should let their tap run until it runs clear,” said Kocher.

As for repairs, it’s unclear how long it will take. Cleanup is expected to be expensive.

If you continue to experience low water pressure or discoloration from your faucets, customers should call Baltimore City Public Works at 410-396-5352.

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