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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sewage Spill Snarls Traffic for Hours

Itar-TassMunicipal workers cleaning and repairing Danilovskaya Naberezhnaya on Tuesday after a large sewage pipe burst.
A large sewage pipe burst in southern Moscow on Tuesday, flooding three embankments of the Moscow River and trapping thousands of motorists in traffic jams for several hours.

The sewage water was stopped before it seeped into the Moscow River and municipal drinking water was not affected, said a spokeswoman for Mosvodokanal, the city's water utility company.

The incident occurred at Danilovskaya Naberezhnaya, near Avtozavodsky Bridge and the Danilovsky Monastery, at around 8:30 a.m., during the morning rush hour, said the spokeswoman, Yevgenia Bogomolova.

The asphalt above the spot where the steel pipe burst collapsed, and water from the pipe -- which was 1.4 meters in diameter -- quickly flooded the road, Bogomolova said.

Traffic police had to close Danilovskaya and the nearby Derbenyovskaya and Paveletskaya embankments, as well as several adjoining streets, creating huge traffic jams in the area, Interfax reported.

Mosvodokanal workers managed to seal the pipe at around 10 a.m., and they then hosed down the road with clean water.

But dozens of road workers labored throughout the day to repair the asphalt.

It is not unusual for pipes to burst under Moscow roads in springtime.

"A slight movement of the soil always occurs in spring, causing pipes that carry pressurized water to move and in some cases to burst," Bogomolova said.

Three other water pipes have burst and caused major incidents this year. In February, a water pipe burst in western Moscow and flooded Rublyovskoye Shosse for several hours, prompting the evacuation of 500 apartments.