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Fixing downtown water main break

Rochester, N.Y. - State Street cracked and water poured through it when a high-pressure water main burst Wednesday morning.

One lane in each direction is now open---on State Street between Main and Church Streets.

The other lanes remain closed while crews assess the damage incurred when a high-pressure pipe used to fight fires burst, sending water gushing down State Street.

The director of water operations for the city said the pipe carries 3 million gallons of water every day.

Water to area residents and businesses is not affected, but the Rochester Plaza Hotel has no sprinkler system until the break is fixed.

Exactly what caused the pipe to burst is not yet known.

We'll have to assess where we need to dig and where the leak is," Rochester Water Bureau Director Bob Morrison. It's hard to know if there was a surge or just a fatigue on the pipe. Once we get the pipe out and we can take a look at it--that might give us an idea of what happened.

Water bureau reps expect their portion of the cleanup to be done by Friday, July 26.

Once the pipe is fixed crews will have to evaluate the damage done to the road which buckled and cracked in a number of places.

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