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Deep freeze causing problems across the D.C. region

Deep freeze causing problems across the region (ABC7)

The cold snap has led to many water main breaks in the D.C. area.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) says it has dealt with more than 60 water main breaks since Friday.

One of the worst happened Tuesday at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Oakview Drive just south of the Beltway in Silver Spring.

The traffic effects lingered into evening rush hour, as all the southbound lanes had to merge into one because of the work crew, which had to dig a hole right on New Hampshire Avenue.

The water main breaks WSSC has been dealing with are in Montgomery County and Prince George’s, but many water mains have been breaking in DC and Northern Virginia as well.

The cold weather has also caused issues at area schools. Fairfax County Public Schools says about 200 bus routes were affected Tuesday morning by buses that wouldn’t start.

Montgomery County had a smaller number of bus routes affected, but it had a bigger issue with the heat not working right in some schools. A spokesperson says the most affected school was Richard Montgomery High, where some students were moved to different classrooms for warmth.

In addition, MCPS says a pipe burst at White Oak Middle School, but it wasn’t serious enough for the school to close.


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