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    North Andover

    Burst pipe floods basements, cuts water

    Basements are flooded and more than 100 people are without drinking water Sunday, after a water main burst on Hillside Road in North Andover, fire officials said.

    Department of Public Works employees responded about 10:15 a.m. Sunday and stopped the flow of water, said North Andover fire Lieutenant John Weir.

    “We got calls telling us that the road was actually rising,” Weir said. “Water was forcing the asphalt up.”

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    An old valve on the 8-inch pipe broke off and caused the burst, according to Bruce Thibodeau, director of the town’s Department of Public Works.

    The break affected sewer lines, forcing water to back up the pipes and into about 30 basements, Weir said. About 150 people were without drinking water as of 4:30 p.m., he said

    Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp