Dozens of Montgomery County residents were shocked after a massive water main break in Gaithersburg.
A water main break forced dozens of residents out of their homes Thursday night. Resident, Saul Loza, reported: “I was here when the break happened. I was actually inside. My neighbor actually noticed it first.” Loza’s home is now being repaired after the 8-inch pipe underground gave way, flooding his home. The damage consists of broken windows and debris everywhere. Now residents are forced to find another place to stay.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says there were two water main breaks just feet away from each other. Officials noted the pipes are 40 years old. “Out of 1600 breaks in a year, we had never seen one like this,” WSSC Spokesperson, Ayoka Blandford, stated. WSSC crews will be looking into what caused the break to prevent major breaks like these from happening again. “We are conducting our own internal investigation just to make sure this was an age-related break,” Blandford said.
WSSC said that repairs were completed and water restored, early this morning. Three residents are still displaced.