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Water main breaks

By adamg - 3/3/24 - 1:11 pm

Sampan reports on a recent Boston Water and Sewer Commission meeting in Chinatown about both water-main breaks and flooding caused by blocked storm drains, but adds one Leather District resident complained about his tap water "reaching temperatures of nearly 100 degrees."

By adamg - 1/17/24 - 9:16 am
Water gurgling on Exeter Street

Shamus Moynihan spotted Boston's newest water source - or maybe just the result of a burst water main - last night on Exeter Street by the Lenox in the Back Bay.

By adamg - 9/14/23 - 9:02 pm
Flooding in area of Lorna Road

The Boston Fire Department reports it was not a good day on Lorna Road, near where Lorna and Doone Avenue intersect, shortly before 2:40 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/23 - 10:10 pm
Flooded Newbury Street

Flooded Newbury Street, photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reported at 9:35 p.m. that a water main burst at 337 Newbury St, between Mass. Ave. and Hereford Street and was sending water all the way down to Gloucester Street. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/23 - 7:12 am

Cambridge Water Department crews are on Portland Street between Hampshire and Washington streets, dealing with a major water-main break that happened early this morning.


By adamg - 4/14/23 - 5:50 pm

The owner of a high-end Harrison Avenue bridal shop charges the Boston Water and Sewer Commission knew its old 30-inch main under Harrison Avenue could rupture at any moment and that it should have done something before it let go on April 14, 2020, flooding the street, stores, parking lots and basements with 6.5 million gallons of water, which surged out of the exploded pipe at a rate of 55,000 gallons a minute. Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/23 - 11:42 am
Flooded cars after water-main break

A flooded parking lot after the water-main break. Photo by BFD.

Liberty Mutual alleges, in a lawsuit filed yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, that the BWSC caused a 2020 flood along Harrison Avenue in the South End on April 14, 2020 by overpressuring its mains, including the 30-inch wide pipe that burst, flooding basements and parking garages and lots. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/23 - 10:06 am
Flooded Jamaica Plain street

A 36-inch BWSC water main under Heath Street burst early this morning, flooding Heath, Walden and Minden streets. Read more.

By adamg - 12/18/22 - 11:11 pm

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission reports a water main under St. James Street in Roxbury burst early this morning, ending water service to about 15 customers on the street and forcing the road to be shut down as repairs were made.

BWSC expected the repairs to the main to be finished tonight, but said restoring the road surface would require keeping the road shut on Monday.

By adamg - 9/16/22 - 9:17 am
Washington Street flooding in Chinatown

Rachel McKinney raced to high ground at Washington and Lagrange streets and watched the new Washington River in front of Jaho Coffee around 6 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/22 - 11:13 pm

Live Boston reports Boston Fire and BWSC crews reported to A and West 3rd streets tonight after a water main went kablooie. BWSC has shut the water off, but expect road closures in the area.

By adamg - 8/15/22 - 2:04 pm

WCVB reports on Boston's latest ruptured water main this time at Northampton Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

By adamg - 8/13/22 - 11:07 am
Flooded Charles Street

Chris in 02134 shows us the new Lake Charles this morning. Earlier, he watched water bursting up at Charles and Beacon streets and flowing into the Public Garden Lagoon, which broke free from its artificial bounds and flooded the surrounding land: Read more.

By adamg - 8/12/22 - 9:31 am

Amy Weingarten Salvucci reports:

Water main break on Warrenton so Stuart street a bit of a mess

By adamg - 2/9/22 - 11:49 pm

A BWSC water main under Huntington Avenue where it crosses Ring Road and Harcourt Street went kablooie late this afternoon, causing gusher that turned Huntington into a flooded mess.

The scene around 5:40 p.m.: Read more.

By adamg - 1/20/22 - 9:15 pm

The Heights reports a broken water main at Comm. Ave. and Lake Street disrupted traffic and the Green Line and forced businesses at the B Line terminal to shut down after water flooded their basement.

By adamg - 1/11/22 - 9:25 am
Water on India Street

India Street this morning. By BlueEyesRedHair.

WHDH reports a broken water main sent water gushing down Milk Street downtown this morning.

Also India Street: Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/21 - 8:57 am

BWSC says crews finished repairs to a burst water main at 100 Tremont St. in Brighton's Oak Square and restored water service at 12:55 this morning.

By adamg - 11/16/21 - 12:11 am

Shamus Moynihan noticed the water around 11:40 p.m. BWSC is on the way.

By adamg - 9/21/21 - 9:15 am
Beacon Hill street turned into torrent

BWSC reports it had already shut off water in the area of Myrtle and Hancock streets for some repair work overnight when a contractor "broke a gate valve" at Hancock and Myrtle streets around 12:30 a.m., briefly creating a roaring river, complete with waterfalls. Read more.

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