Capital Beltway reopens after water main break-related closure
WSSC working to turn off water; two lanes remain closed
The Capital Beltway's inner loop has reopened between Central Avenue and Richie Marlboro Road near Capitol Heights, but thousands of Prince George's residents still have low water pressure or no water after a water main break early Monday morning.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission crews are working to turn off valves to stop the flow of water from a 54-inch water main break in the 9200 block East Hampton Road in Capitol Heights, said John White, a WSSC spokesman, at about 10 a.m. Monday.
The two left lanes of the Beltway had reopened by 10:45 a.m., according to Charlie Gischlar, spokesman with the State Highway Administration, leaving two closed.
The break, which has leaked "several million gallons" of water, occurred around 3:50 a.m. Monday, White said. Because of the below-freezing temperatures, the water on the roadway turned to ice. Crews from the State Highway Administration are applying salt to the ice, White said.
The break's cause has not yet been determined, said White, who did not yet know if cold temperatures attributed to the break.
Thousands of customers in Prince George's County are experiencing low water pressure as a result of the 40-year-old water main that broke, White said. Some customers may still be without water, and White said it would be several hours until full water pressure is restored.
White said Monday morning he did not know how many customers are experiencing low water pressure or may be without water.
There are no reports of anyone being injured by the break, White said.
Visit www.wsscwater.com or call WSSC's call center at 301-206-4002.