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August 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Broken water main will snarl Sodo traffic until Wednesday night

Seattle Public Utilities crew members clean up the muddy remnants near the intersection of 1st Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street in Seattle’s Sodo district after a watermain broke early Tuesday morning, causing about 1.1 million gallons of water to be released. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE 4:10 P.M.| Water service will be restored in the area between 10 p.m. and midnight tonight, when crews expect to have repaired the broken water main, said a Seattle Public Utilities spokeswoman. Traffic will continue to be impacted after the repair, though, as crews clean up extra water and mud until Wednesday night.

The following will be closed until cleanup is completed:

– One northbound lane and the eastern sidewalk of First Avenue South between South Holgate Street and Edgar Martinez Drive South

– South Massachusetts Street between South Occidental Avenue to First Avenue South

A cracked 16-inch water main is to blame for more than 1.1 million gallons of water flooding Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood this morning.

Seattle Public Utilities spokeswoman Ingrid Goodwin said the water main broke about 1 a.m. near First Avenue South at South Massachusetts Street.

Crews managed to shut off the main around 1:30 a.m. Some sections of roadway were under several feet of water for a time and several businesses were damaged, Goodwin said.

The cause of the broken main remains under investigation, Goodwin said.

Repair crews have closed down 1st Avenue in the area, which will likely cause traffic problems for those heading to tonight’s Mariners game.

“We’re going to be in the street until about 10 p.m. tonight.” Goodwin said.

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