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Both Directions Of MD 144 Shut Down After Water Main Break In Catonsville

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A 10-inch water main break along MD 144-Frederick Road in Catonsville caused road closures and challenges for business owners, some of who were forced to close down for the day.

It spanned a short but busy section of Frederick Road between Ingleside and Mellor Avenues- and left behind a muddy mess.

"Foot traffic on Frederick Road and the whole thing blocked off really caused problems for us today," said Lacey Burja, retail manager of Sugar Bakers.

While the cause of the water main break remains unknown, many of the small businesses like Sugar Bakers were forced to maneuver through all the closures.

"We just can't operate without running water, so, unfortunately, all of the products we made and all of the staff we had, unfortunately, we had to shut down for the day," Burja said.

Frederick Road between Ingleside and Mellor Avenues are closed indefinitely.

U.S. 40-Baltimore National Pike, MD 372 Wilkens Avenue and MD 166 South Rolling Road are the best detour routes.

"Had no idea what I was walking into." Martin Falls, a pedestrian said.

Even for those not driving, like Falls, said conditions made it hard to get from one side of the street to the other without falling into a puddle of water.

"Thank God State Fare over there has those bars you can hang onto, so that's how I made my escape," Falls said.

Meanwhile, the Maryland Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works are trying to isolate the shutdown and pump water away from the damaged pipe, and said they still don't know how long the repairs are going to take.

"So, I'm hoping that maybe the temperatures will be a little bit higher today and this will melt and we won't have an issue here tomorrow," said Jane Gold, Director of American Medical Equipment.

DPW does not have an exact timeline for when these repairs will be fixed, but crews will be working through the evening.

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