BALTIMORE — A water main break near M&T Bank Stadium is flooding the area with 4 to 5 feet of water, Baltimore City fire officials said.
A 12-inch main that broke near the intersection of Howard and Pratt streets was shut down and that stopped the flow of water, Baltimore City Department of Public Works spokesman Jeffrey Raymond said.
According to the Baltimore Department of Transportation: Howard Street is closed between Lombard and Camden streets.
Motorists trying to access southbound Interstate 395 via Howard Street should avoid the area and instead use Light and Conway streets to get to I-395.
Traffic traveling north on I-395 into Baltimore City will not be allowed to access Howard Street and will be detoured onto Conway Street.
In addition, portions of Pratt, Eutaw and Paca streets are also affected by the break.
Fire officials and crews from the Office of the Emergency Management and the Maryland Transit Administration responded Monday morning to assist with removing the water.
"We had reports early this morning of water going into the Howard Street Tunnel. With the volume of rainfall we were getting, we weren't sure whether or not it was the rain or a water main break, but a water main break was suspected," said David McMillan, director of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management.
As a result of the water, there was a partial derailment of a train the Howard Street Tunnel. Officials said the train was partially off the tracks as a result of the water main break. All of the train cars were removed except for the locomotive as of noon.
"There was a partial train derailment. The amount of soot or sand that was getting into the tunnel due to the water caused a technical, in terms of a derailment, but they were able to tow all of the cars out of the tunnel. So there's just one locomotive remaining," McMillan said.
CSX and MARC rail traffic stopped in the area except for Light Rail, which continues to run in both directions.
No injuries were reported.