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Roads remain closed in Pittsburgh’s Strip District while crews repair water main break

Natasha Lindstrom
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Gabriella DeLuca | WPXI-TV
Emergency and public works crews responded to a mainline water pipe break on Smallman Street near the 16th Street Bridge in Pittsburgh’s Strip District on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

A portion of Smallman Street in Pittsburgh’s Strip District remained closed Wednesday morning after a water main burst Tuesday night and flooded a large stretch of the busy corridor.

Crews continue to repair the break which has left Smallman Street closed to traffic between 15th and 17th streets.

Motorists are advised to use Liberty Avenue as a detour.

Emergency personnel, including firefighters, public works and water safety officials responded to the 36-inch water main break near the 16th Street Bridge shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority spokesman Will Pickering said.

They were able to isolate the break within about 90 minutes and begin repairs, he said.

Officials did not provide an estimate for how long repairs may take, nor how long Smallman Street will remain closed.

It’s unclear what caused the break, which caused problems not only for drivers but also for nearby businesses.

Officials temporarily turned water off or lowered the pressure at places connected to the mainline’s water supply while crews prepared to make repairs, Trib news partner WPXI reported. Restaurants Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Gaucho Parilla closed early because their water was turned off.

A PWSA official told WPXI’s Gabrielle DeLuca that the flooding from the break was “so bad that it caused water issues all the way to Downtown.”

WPXI’s Michelle Newell described the area as looking “like a river flowing through the Strip District.”

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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