Businesses in Financial District under water
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Crews were on the scene of a big water break on Broad Street in the Financial District Thursday morning.
Engineers were able to shut the main off and the water receded very quickly. The entire area was covered with water and many of the businesses in the area have several feet of standing water in their basements.
“I couldn't walk out my door because there was a river goes across my doorway,” said Bob Reppucci, whose business flooded.
A water pipe burst just after 8 a.m. and the force of the water buckled the sidewalk.
“A large amount of water cascaded out of the street. We had quite a river flowing down the sidewalk,” said acting district Chief Steve Waldon, Boston Fire Department.
It took crews a half hour to shut the water off. It wasn't a water main break, but rather a service main feeding into the building.
“Usually it is coming upon the building owner to handle this. We are going to handle it because it is so close to our date. We are going to make the repairs,” said Thomas Bagley, spokesperson for Boston Water and Sewer Committee.
It is still unclear as to what caused the pipe burst in the first place.