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Water main break in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood causes road closures, could impact AM commute

Parts of Kneeland, Tyler, Washington, and Hudson streets will be closed and impacted until repairs are made, Boston police said.

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A water main break in the Chinatown area of Boston has flooded some roadways, leading to street closures Sunday afternoon, and now police say it could impact the Monday morning commute.

Boston police issued a traffic advisory at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, saying commuters should seek an alternate route due to the water main break at 66 Harrison Ave. The area was blocked off to traffic.

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Parts of Kneeland, Tyler, Washington, and Hudson streets will be closed and impacted until repairs are made, police said. They later added that those roads may remain closed all night, impacting the morning commute.

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission said crews were on scene at Harrison Ave. and Beach St. to investigate the break that occurred just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday, nothing that traffic in the area has been impacted.

A spokesperson added that some residents and businesses nearby do not have water because of the break, but at this point they don't believe there's been any flooding in basements.

"We don't know what the cause of the break is but we do see there are steel plates at that location where we believe the break is and there was a contractor that has been here in the vicinity of the break," Thomas Bagley, of BWSC, said.

Boston City Council President Ed Flynn said he was also on site with the city's police and fire departments, as well as Boston Water crews, to survey the situation.

Flynn shared pictures to X, formerly known as Twitter, showing flooded roadways.

Crews are working to make the necessary repairs and get water back on for those who have been impacted in the area. It's not clear how long that will take.

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