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North End street closed to repair broken water main

Workers from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission repaired a broken water main on Prince Street in the North End on Tuesday.
Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Workers from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission repaired a broken water main on Prince Street in the North End on Tuesday.

A portion Boston’s North End neighborhood will likely remain closed to traffic through Tuesday afternoon as workers repair a water main that broke shortly after 6 a.m.

The Prince Street break was reported to the commission around 6:22 a.m. and the water flow was shut off by 6:45 a.m., said Mark Van Dam a Boston Water and Sewer Commission spokesman.

He said the 12-inch pipe that broke had provided water to 20 buildings on Prince Street.

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He said Prince Street will be closed between Salem and Hanover streets as the crews unearth the buried main and put in a new small section of pipe.

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Bova’s Bakery, located at the intersection of Prince Street and Salem Street, saw water from the broken main stop just before its front door.

“The sidewalk being so high ... basically saved our business,” said John Kluse, who works at the bakery owned by his uncle and cousin. He said the curb is taller than many others in the city, which helped the business stay dry.

“It was coming out like a geyser,” Kluse said of the initial water main break. “One of the workers had a video on his cellphone. It shot up about twenty feet.”

After the water receded and crews began to work on the broken main, Kluse said business resumed as usual for Bova’s Bakery, aside from the sound of excavation and repairs being done outside.

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“It was an inconvenience, but unfortunately these things happen,” Kluse said.

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John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.