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Posted at 4:18 PM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Water main break affects voting in NE D.C.

By Washington Post editors

This post has been updated.

An afternoon water main break has interrupted voting at a polling place in Northeast Washington, officials said.

Rokey W. Suleman II, executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, said the break caused fire officials to temporarily turn off electrical service at Precinct 67, Bunker Hill Elementary School in Brookland. A generator and auxiliary voting equipment are on their way to the school, he said.

A spokesman for D.C. Water said a 16-inch main has ruptured nearby on 14th Street NE, affecting 50 homes and the school; no repair time is estimated. A Pepco spokesman said crews are en route to inspect the situation.

Power has been restored to a portion of the building, said Alysoun McLaughlin, a board spokeswoman. However, fire officials have indicated that may change if waters advance, she said, and backup equipment is in place if necessary.

Voters have continued to cast ballots, Suleman said.

McLaughlin said, "Everybody's voting, everything's happening smoothly."

-- Michael DeBonis


By Washington Post editors  | November 2, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
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