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April 16, 2024

A five-foot water main at the intersection of North Charles and 20th Street ruptured on Wednesday morning before 8 a.m., causing delays on the Hopkins Homewood-Peabody-JHMI shuttle.

The rupture caused water to rush down North Charles Street, resulting in road closures as far as Penn Station at the high point of the flooding. Several cross streets were also closed. Drivers were advised to avoid the areas impacted by flooding.

Consequently, the road closures led to delays in the JHMI schedule in the morning and in the afternoon.

"I know there were delays early in the afternoon, but the operating of the shuttle made some quick adjustments and tried to get things back on schedule as the afternoon progressed," Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs Dennis O'Shea said.

Aside from the JHMI delays, Homewood was largely not impacted by the rupture.

However, the ruptured main, which was installed during the 1920s, has led the city of Baltimore to reflect on its overall aging infrastructure problems, according to The Baltimore Sun.

"It's big and it's bad, and we need more money for water infrastructure," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told The Baltimore Sun.

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