M Street at Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown is shut down after a water main break sent water gushing cross the key intersection and into businesses.
The police department reports 3200 block of M Street, NW, between Potomac Street and Wisconsin Avenue is closed.
The D.C. Department of Transportation also the 1000 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between M and K Street is closed.
The 12-inch pipe that broke feeds a 30-inch pipe and likely failed because of its age.
The force of the water shooting from the main scraped paint off nearby walls and left the sidewalk and street filled with debris, including bricks.
Drivers should use alternate routes until further notice.
The break occurred around 4 a.m. D.C. Water did not get the water off until about 6:30 a.m.
D.C. Water expects it will take eight to 10 hours to restore the water.
WTOP’s Kyle Cooper, who was on the scene, reports water was shooting 10 to 15 feet into the air and flooding into the Banana Republic at the corner of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue before it was manually shut off.
He shot these videos at the scene:
WTOP’s Kyle Cooper contributed to this story.
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