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Several inches of water flood Newton street after water main break

A water main break on Winchester Street in Newton caused traffic delays Thursday evening.
Newton Department of Public Works
A water main break on Winchester Street in Newton caused traffic delays Thursday evening.

A water main break in Newton Thursday afternoon caused traffic delays and forced water service to be shut off to some residents, officials said.

Public Works Commissioner Jim McGonagle said about 4 inches of water flooded Winchester Street near Route 9 during the afternoon commute.

“Right now, both lanes are open, but there is congestion,” McGonagle said.

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McGonagle said public works officials were working to repair the break.

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“We should have water back up and running tonight,” he said.

Newton police advised residents to stay away from the area.

Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.