Crews respond to water main break in downtown Miami; boil water notice issued to affected buildings


MIAMI (WSVN) – Crews are currently on the scene of a water main break in downtown Miami.

City of Miami Fire Rescue crews said the call came in of a water main break at 201 South Biscayne Boulevard at around 7 a.m., Wednesday.

“When our units arrived, they found a significant break in the pavement, in the intersection of Second and Biscayne where there’s water actively flowing,” said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Pete Sanchez.

Biscayne Boulevard has since been shut down from the Brickell Avenue bridge northbound to Second Street.

7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where the murky water could be seen covering Biscayne Boulevard. The break in the pavement could also be seen from aerial views.

Sewage trucks are on scene working to pump the water out of the area. Miami-Dade Water and Sewer officials have also responded to the scene to assess the situation.

“We had pumps being brought in from the county, from the city and from these buildings and did a pretty good job of clearing the water without much water damage,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins.

She said further, “You’ll see we’re already tearing the street up and we’re beginning to uncover the broken pipe so we can be replacing that pipe today. Then, we’ll have to do the street repairs and that may be a little while longer, but the most important thing is to get the water back on.”

U.S. Department of Transportation officials have been called to check the stability of the columns that hold up the Metromover, just to make sure they are not compromised.

“It is unlikely that the entire Metromover routes will be running today or tomorrow until we are absolutely sure that the repairs have been done properly,” Higgins said.

It remains unclear how the water main broke as fire officials said there was no construction going on in the area.

Those who have vehicles in the underground parking garages nearby are asked not to go to their vehicles because water is making its way down there.

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