Water line break inundates streets, basements in Financial District

A water line break at 67 Broad St. in the Financial District this morning poured two to three feet of water into the basements of four commercial buildings, officials said.

The break in the service line was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m., said Steve MacDonald, Boston Fire Department spokesman. The basements of the buildings at 63, 65, 67, and 71 Broad St. were inundated, MacDonald said.

The water line that leaked has been shut off, and the flooded businesses, which include a couple of sandwich shops and a hair salon, are working to get cleanup companies to pump water out of their basements.

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The water “was forceful enough that it lifted the street,” MacDonald said. “The street is going to be dug up because of the uneven pavement.”

Broad Street has been closed between Milk and High streets for cleanup, which could last well into the day, said Tom Bagley, Boston Water and Sewer Commission spokesman.

No injuries or evacuations were reported, officials said.

Crews from the water commission, the fire department, inspectional services, as well as gas and electric companies remain on scene to assess damage and fix the leak, MacDonald said.