Cause of Water Main Break That Shut Down I-90 Being Investigated

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CLEVELAND--Division of Water crews are still investigating a water main break that happened over the weekend and flooded several lanes of I-90.

However, authorities have revealed the problem has been fixed as of Monday morning.

At the same time, water has been restored to area businesses affected by the break on Sunday.

Water pressure was low at Quay 55 apartments for several hours on Sunday; however, residents have been asked to boil their water for the next 48 hours because of the water main break.
Traffic was backed up for hours in the area of E. 55th as crews worked to fix the problem on Sunday.

The break happened on South Marginal Rd., but quickly came up onto the interstate.

Authorities tell Fox 8 it was a 12-inch main.

Crews still don't know what exactly caused the main to burst.

"It is difficult to speculate what caused the break itself, what exacerbated it a little bit was we had snowfall, then a significant amount of rainfall that saturated the ground and may have caused some backups along the way," said Jason Wood with Cleveland's Department of Public Utilities.

Meanwhile, on Sunday the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of I-90 had to be shut down, along with the exit ramp at E. 55th.

The entire incident made for a dangerous driving situation when the break happened.

"Pretty amazing, I have never seen the shoreway stopped like that," said Alan Henry, who witnessed the scene.

"The ground had risen up, and all you see is water main break, the water burst out," said Desmond Dancy, who was also there.

Cleveland police tell Fox 8 that the water main break caused so much confusion for drivers. As a result there were accidents, and several drivers got stuck in the mud.  Authorities believe the water was a few feet high in some areas, especially on South Marginal Rd.

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