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Century-old Hartford water main breaks, shooting water into air, affecting 7 homes, businesses


HARTFORD, Connecticut — Officials say seven homes and seven businesses were impacted after a century-old Hartford water main broke and gushed water into the air.

Crews responded to the break Thursday afternoon. The intersection of New Britain Avenue and Newfield Avenue flooded around 5 p.m. The 12-inch water main, which was installed in 1907, shot out water for more than two hours and caused significant damage to the roadway before Metropolitan District crews shut down the main Thursday night.

MDC officials say many water lines are old and difficult to inspect because the roads have to be torn up.

The repair is expected to take at least six to eight hours.

It's unclear why the water main broke. MDC officials say they are not blaming the break on the weather.

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