Water main break on Halsted closes streets in Old Town for hours

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A water main broke early Thursday near the intersection of North Avenue and Halsted Street in Old Town, blocking traffic in the area.

Reports came in of the water main burst around 5:30 a.m. in the 1600-block of North Halsted Street, according to Chicago police.

Police blocked off Halsted between Willow Street and North Avenue as crews work to contain the damage.

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A water main broke early Thursday near the intersection of North Avenue and Halsted Street in Old Town, shutting down traffic in the area.



The CTA sent out a tweet confirming 8 Halsted buses would be rerouted.



Peoples Gas also responded Thursday morning to secure nearby gas mains, as water could get into the lines, according to a spokesman for the company.

He later said gas lines for several addresses in the 1600-block of North Halsted would be shut off as a precaution.

Crews pumped water from garden-level units, and firefighters inspected buildings in the area.

Repairs were completed at around 3 a.m. Friday.
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