Camb St at 5 th water main break avoid area pic.twitter.com/lVwie7I096— Ed (@Ebmcfd) November 11, 2017
Water was restored to residents and businesses in a section of East Cambridge early Saturday evening, hours after a main break sent water shooting into the air and forced authorities to cut off service, officials said.
The Cambridge Fire Department said on Twitter at 10:22 a.m. that the area was closed to traffic as crews worked to repair the break. Cambridge police, firefighters, and the Water Department responded to the scene.
The break forced crews to turn off water for four or five businesses and about a dozen residential buildings in the area, said Sam Corda, the managing director of the Cambridge Water Department, when reached by phone late Saturday afternoon.
About a square foot of pipe broke off, he said. Crews have not yet determined why that happened, but Corda said “it’s probably not the cold weather” that caused the break.
As for the impressive amount of water that shot into the air?
“It does happen,” Corda said, but only every two or three years. Most water main breaks cause more of a “bubbling out of the ground type of thing,” he said.
“That was a pretty good-sized main. I’m sure that’s why” so much water shot out, he added.
Stay clear of East Cabridge in Cambridge Street. Major water main break! pic.twitter.com/si1LUq1KuL— Paul Toner (@PFToner) November 11, 2017
Water main break a block up the road. Water has stopped, but this plus high 20s temps has turned Cambridge St. into a pretty effective luge track. pic.twitter.com/ARYBHfm5f0— Andy Sellars (@andy_sellars) November 11, 2017