Water main break floods major roads in Chinatown

BOSTON (WHDH) - A major water main break in Chinatown flooded the streets of Washington and Kneeland Wednesday morning, forcing road closures in the area.

The spill happened shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday morning when a transmission water line broke. Officials are unsure what caused the line to break.

Nearly a foot of water could be seen flooding the area, with garbage cans and other objects floating down the streets.

Water lines were shut off for local residents who live in nearby condominium buildings as crews worked to repair the line break.

Streets were shutdown from Kneeland to Stuart to Lincoln, not far from the Interstate 90 and 93 off-ramps that many commuters take into Boston.

Officials said around 9 a.m. that they hoped to open streets soon, though clean-up would be a long process.

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