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This story has been updated 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

Repair work to fix a broken 8-inch water main that ruptured Monday morning is complete and water has been stored to all 49 customers along Gold Kettle Drive.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission reported the line fixed Monday evening

The water line that broke around 3 a.m. Monday morning had water service shut down for about 50 residents and forced people to move their cars as water gushed out of the ground.

“Customers felt something, their houses shuttered and others heard something,” commission spokesman Jerry Irvine said.

Monday’s break caps off a stretch of water main ruptures for the system. Thanksgiving day alone accounted for 28 breaks systemwide including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Irvine said. That’s the highest one-day number of breaks this year, he said.

The cause of the break in Gaithersburg is not yet known, but like the others, Irvine suspects cold weather and a stressed pipe are at the root of the problem.

Crews shut down the valve at about 7:30 a.m., but not before the water reached the level of at least one car’s bumper parked along the street, according to Irvine. The water level was about two to three feet high within a 30-yard space.

“We don’t know exactly how much water was released, but it was a lot,” Irvine said. “This is a busy time of year for the crews,” he said.

Other breaks in November included 21 on the 25th; 8 on the 26th; 21 on the 27th; 18 on the 29th; and 17 on the 30th. Sunday there were 19 reported breaks, according to the commission.

WSSC has interactive map for water main breaks and other service alerts at gisweb.wsscwater.com/servicealerts/