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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Water main break closes Census Bureau

By Ed O'Keefe

A water main break in Maryland is disrupting traffic on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway and keeping some federal workers away from the office today.

U.S. Census Bureau employees based at its Suitland headquarters have the day off because of the water main break, a spokesman said. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offices there are also closed. The building has no water.

Officials said all southbound lanes of I-95 would be closed for several hours. With pre-dawn temperatures of about 10 degrees, well below freezing, the spilled water was rapidly turning into ice on the highway, according to live reports from the scene. At least one car appeared to have skidded on the ice and up onto an embankment. Salt and sand trucks were sent to the site treat the icy areas.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 24, 2011; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Census, Workplace Issues  
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