Crews in Waterbury working on repairs after huge water main break floods Thomaston Avenue

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury Police Department is encouraging drivers to avoid the area after a significant water main break on Thomaston Avenue Wednesday evening.

WPD says the break occurred around 6 p.m. in the area of 1669 Thomaston Ave. in front of Sprague Elementary School.

In a photo posted on Facebook, the pavement is pushed up and water is gushing out in a huge wave – later determined to be up to 175 feet away from the break – causing significant flooding in the street, neighborhood, and nearby parking lots.

Police warned drivers to avoid the area and expect traffic delays.

Some people in the area are seeing brown water in their faucets.

No one was hurt.

Water main break on Thomaston Ave. – 090220 – Photo: Waterbury PD

Just before 10 p.m, Waterbury Police reported the water had been turned off and crews were working on pumping out the water from the hole so crew members could get in for the repairs.

The area remained closed as of 4 a.m. Thursday.

Parts of Thomaston Ave. could be closed for days because crews are waiting on a new pipe to ship in order to fix the break. The original pipe was made back in 1975.

Crews in Waterbury clear area for water main break repairs – Waterbury PD – 090220

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