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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Power, water outage in NW

By Washington Post Editors

3:50 p.m. Update: D.C. Water says water service has been restored.

Spokesman Alan Heymann said the cause of the power outage has not been determined and that there was no water main break. Crews were performing a tap repair.

3:25 p.m. Update: Pepco has confirmed that the power outage is associated with the water main break, resulting in 570 customers who have lost power in Washington.

"Somebody dug into the line and we have crews working out there to restore that power to those customers," said Pepco spokesman André Francis.

Power should be restored by 6 p.m., he said.

-- Kafia A. Hosh

3:10 p.m. Update: D.C. Fire / EMS reports that a utility crew digging near 1470 Chapin Street hit an underground powerline. Pepco is on the scene investigating, officials said.

However, D.C. Fire /EMS says several manholes are smoking and there have been reports of smoke in several buildings.

Original post: D.C. Water is reporting a water main break on Chapin Street in Northwest Washington, between 14th and 15th streets. According to officials, 100 homes are affected. Drivers are urged to use alternate routes.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 8, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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