(WJLA) - Wednesday's cold snap is wreaking havoc on water lines throughout the Maryland suburbs, officials say, with dozens of main breaks being reported and no estimated time frame for their repair.
More than three dozen water main breaks - 38, to be exact - have been reported in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials say, and the time it will take to have them repaired will be longer than usual due to the bitter cold.
WSSC says that it usually takes 4 to 6 hours to fix a main break, but thanks to the polar vortex and the sheer number of breaks, that period will likely be longer.
An interactive map shows that the breaks are not concentrated in one area; rather, they're spread throughout a variety of locations throughout both counties.
Crews will rotate in and out of the extreme cold weather to expedite the repairs. WSSC did not say how many customers may be affected.