Water main breaks affect N. Baltimore, Lutherville

December 12, 2009

Hundreds of residents and businesses in a 73-acre swath of North Baltimore, including the Village of Cross Keys, were without water most of the day after a main break on Falls Road north of Cold Spring Lane, a city public works spokesman said. The 80-year-old, 10-inch water main ruptured about 10 a.m. in the 4700 block of Falls Road, DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher said. DPW provided bottled water to a ManorCare facility that houses 180 residents, he said. In addition, the 388 homes in the Village of Cross Keys, as well as its 150-bed hotel and many homes in neighborhoods on Falls Road between Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway, were affected. Northbound and southbound Falls Road traffic was being detoured through the Poly/Western High School complex parking lot, but motorists were asked to avoid the area, if possible. Kocher cautioned that nearby roads could be iced because of flowing hydrants that were draining the line. DPW staff hoped to have the pipe repaired sometime Friday night. Early Friday evening, a 50-year-old 12-inch water main at Seminary Road and Oak Hampton Drive in Lutherville also broke. By 8:20 p.m., Kocher said that "significant progress" had been made in shutting down the busted main. - Liz F. Kay and Don Markus

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