Main breaks in Ellicott City, cutting off water for 15,000

August 13, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

A water main break in Ellicott City yesterday temporarily left 15,000 residents of Howard and Baltimore counties without water and flooded the intersection of Frederick and Toll House roads.

The break occurred about 4:45 a.m. near the northbound U.S. 29 exit ramp that leads to Ridge Road and U.S. 40, said Michael Giovanniello, deputy chief of the Howard County Bureau of Utilities.

Water pressure was restored by 1 p.m., but because of the pipe's large size and the materials needed, it was expected to take 24 to 48 hours to repair the break fully.

"It takes special fitting and requires special handling to facilitate full repair," Mr. Giovanniello said of the 42-inch pipe.

The cause of the break had not been determined yesterday, he said. Workers were to have begun excavating by the end of the day yesterday.

Mr. Giovanniello said the bureau received about 200 calls from residents and businesses regarding loss of water pressure in an area along U.S. 40 west to Bethany Lane, east to Route 99 and south to Route 103 and St. Johns Lane.

Catonsville residents along U.S. 40 to Rolling Road and Frederick Road also lost water pressure, said Marcia Collins, a spokeswoman with the Baltimore Public Works Department, which is the main supplier of water to Howard County.

The break flooded Frederick at Toll House roads with three to four feet of water, Mr. Giovanniello said. No damage was reported.

"The water was gushing four feet into the air," said Ellicott City resident Marty Kennedy, who was driving through the area.

Traffic was diverted at Dunloggin and Frederick roads and on Frederick Road east of St. Johns Lane.

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