At least 15,000 residences and businesses in the Owings Mills-Reisterstown sections of Baltimore County were expected to be without water for most of today and perhaps longer because of a major water main break.
George Balog, director of public works for Baltimore, said the break occurred about 5 p.m. yesterday at Garrison Forest Road near Greenspring Valley Road.
Balog said earth-moving equipment used by a subcontractor working for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. accidentally put a hole in the 36-inch water main on Garrison Forest Road.
The break caused thousands of gallons of water to flood nearby fields, driveways and a portion of Garrison Forest Road between St. Thomas Lane and Crondall Road.
TC County police set up barricades in the affected area.
Balog said the broken water main feeds water to four above-ground tanks that serve the area bounded on the north by Butler Road, on the east by Greenspring Road, on the south by Greenspring Valley Road and on the west by Interstate 795.
Balog said the break emptied one tank and the remaining three were expected to lose water until repairs are made.
He said some customers were without water while others experienced low pressure.
Balog said Lock Joint, an Edgewood, Harford County, firm that makes repair sleeves for broken water mains was expected to provide one today so repairs could be made before noon.
Otherwise, said Balog, the broken section of pipe will have to be cut out and replaced and that may mean that it will take as long as 24 hours to restore full water pressure or in some cases full water service to the customers.