Water main break shuts Flower Avenue stores

PHOTO: Adarash Ethiopian Market’s front door. Photo by Bill Brown.

Several stores were damaged this morning Aug. 12 when a 12-once water main burst, flooding Flower Avenue near the intersection of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring, MD.

The 9:30 AM break closed several stores including Adarash Ethiopian Market, the Flower Liquor store and Reliable Dry Cleaners. The intersection, shared by both Silver Spring and Takoma Park, MD, is the heart of the Long Branch neighborhood commercial district.

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Flower Avenue shows deposits of sand from the flood farther up the block. Photo by Bill Brown.

Store workers used rice sacks as impromptu sand bags to block their doors from floodwaters, according to a statement released by Carlos Perozo, president of the Long Branch Business League. He cited Ocean City Seafood’s manager Nicolas for quick thinking and action, placing rice sacks to protect Reliable Dry Cleaner’s entrance.

WSSC crews stopped the flood and patched the main by 4:30 PM, but the Flower Avenue block was still closed, as were businesses, at that time. The water was turned off all day, and some businesses lost power.

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Food sacks used as sandbags and trash containers in front of Adarsh Ethiopian Market. Photo by Bill Brown.

Hardest hit was Adarash Ethiopian Market, according to Perozo. Adarash features take-out Ethiopian food and dry goods. Perozo urges the public to patronize affected Long Branch businesses to help them make up their losses.

The WSSC crew finishing up the repair said aging was the probable cause of the break. The water main was 50 years old or older, they said.

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WSSC work crew finishing up the temporary patch at the water main break site around 4:30 PM, August 12. Photo by Bill Brown.