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Perma-puddle splashes pedestrians

Who's responsible: District Department of Transportation
Number of votes to fix: 11

Getting splashed when it's rainy out is an expected annoyance, but how about a puddle that never goes dry and drenches pedestrians when the sun is high in the sky? That sounds like grounds for a gripe.

A depression in the road between manholes at 545 M St. in SE D.C. collects water no matter what the weather conditions. Cars often run through the perma-puddle sending a sheet of water toward unsuspecting walkers on the sidewalk.

"Pedestrians often have to stop and wait for cars to pass before walking past," writes griper SF, who first reported the problem.

District Department of Transportation Spokesman John Lisle said DDOT will send an inspector to the site to meet with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. Lisle said water is coming up out of the manholes and that leak is what has caused the depression in the road. Lisle said DDOT officials will ask WASA to try and stop the leak and repair the damage.


By Washington Post Editors  |  June 15, 2010; 4:48 PM ET
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DC Water had a report of a broken valve at this location that is leaking. DC Water has a crew on site to repair the valve.

Posted by: DCWASA | June 16, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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