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Metro Flooding Wreaks Havoc on Morning Commute

by Karen Goff December 16, 2014 at 10:40 am 2 Comments

Metro Center station closed due to flooding/Photo: Chang via Twitter

Metro Center station closed due to flooding/Photo: Chang via Twitter

Updated, 10:40 a.m. — Metro says Silver, Blue and Orange line service between L’Enfant Plaza and Farragut West has been restored, but expect residual delays in both directions.

A water main break in downtown D.C. halted Metro service on the Silver, Blue  and Orange lines and snarled the commute for countless Washington-area residents Tuesday morning.

Thousands of Metro riders will experience major delays Tuesday morning after a water main break stopped service on three of the agency’s six lines.

Service is suspended on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines between Farragut West and L’Enfant Plaza due to water main break at Metro Center.

Water from the break on 12 and F streets entered the Metro Center station and flooded the lower level tracks, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

The Metro Center flooding could take 12 hours to fix, officials said.

DC Water said at 6:45 a.m. that the source of the water has been turned off. Metro is currently working to pump out the water off of the tracks.

Limited shuttle bus service will operate between Farragut West and L’Enfant Plaza. However, bus service will not be able to replicate the capacity of the rail system. Riders should consider alternate travel options (e.g. Red, Yellow or Green lines) and expect significant delays on the Silver, Orange and Blue lines.

Red, Yellow and Green line service is operating normally.

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