UPDATED: Water Main Break in Wheaton (PHOTOS)

UPDATED, July 1, 7:30 p.m. – Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says 2.5 million gallons of water gushed out of a ruptured 16-inch water main Wednesday afternoon in Wheaton.

The break along Georgia Avenue was reported about 1:30 p.m. and water flowed out of it and onto the road and nearby properties for about two hours, according to WSSC. The pipe is 68 years old.

Photos courtesy Montgomery County Police Department

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A major water main break on southbound Georgia Avenue has closed the road there near Shorefield Drive.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Peter Piringer said several homes and businesses may be impacted by the water line break including one home where a family of three adults and three children have been displaced.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Spokesman Jerry Irvine said the break occurred about 1:30 p.m. on a 16-inch pipe. Irvine said the pipe is from 1947 so age might be a factor in the break. Water has not yet been shut down and he said thousands of gallons have gushed out of the pipe.

 
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