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Water main break closes part of road near South Station

Workers inspected a water main break near South Station Wednesday morning.
Workers inspected a water main break near South Station Wednesday morning.(Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)

Crews are digging up Kneeland Street near South Station in Boston Wednesday afternoon to repair a broken water main that flooded an already rain-soaked street during the morning commute, according to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.

Water began flooding Kneeland Street near its intersection with South Street around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, commission spokeswoman Dolores Randolph said.

Four other water mains run through that same area, but crews have been able to determine which main is causing the issue. It’s still not certain whether the water main has broken completely, or if it’s just leaking, Randolph said.

A portion of Kneeland Street was shut down while crews worked to repair the main.

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While it’s unclear how long it will take to fix the main, the digging and repairs should not have any effect on the water of nearby residents and businesses, Randolph said.

“Even though they’ve had to turn that main off, people are not affected in terms of loss of water,” she said. “So if anyone has problems they should definitely call us.”

Officials worked on a broken water main on Kneeland Street near South Station.
Officials worked on a broken water main on Kneeland Street near South Station.(Wendy Maeda/Globe staff)

Sarah Roberts can be reached at sarah.roberts@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @heysarahroberts