A Water Main Break Flooded Parts of Tremont Street on Monday Morning

The large burst in the South End left several businesses without water.

By | Boston Daily |

Workers from the city’s Water and Sewer Commission spent the morning making repairs to a section of pipe that burst in the South End, flooding a few businesses, and leaving others temporarily without water.

A crew replaced an eight-foot section of a water main that broke around 3:40 a.m. Monday at 777 Tremont St., near Massachusetts Avenue, according to Tom Bagley, spokesman for the commission.

Bagley said the break caused a loss of water to six businesses and residents nearby, but it has since been restored. By 10:30 a.m., workers had finished replacing the section of pipe that caused the flooding that flowed into the streets, causing water to bubble up like a sprinkler in the middle of the roadway.

Thankfully, Bagley said, the water main break was on the outbound side of Tremont Street, so the incident didn’t impact morning traffic. He said the crew will likely backfill the hole they dug in order to access the main line with gravel and restore it with asphalt prior to the evening commute, so it won’t be an issue for drivers heading back into the city during rush hour.

He said the flooding from the break caused “a little bit” of water damage to a few buildings in the immediate area, but was confident the damages could be easily repaired.

Bagley said “at this point” it is unknown what caused the pipe to burst, however, it’s likely that the section of pipe was rusted due to old age.

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