MIAMI “The plumbing break flooded downtown Miami on Wednesday morning.
The 12-inch plumbing rupture was reported at Biscayne Boulevard Way 300.
A video sent to Local 10 News from a viewer shows the cars trying to get through the mess.
Miami Commissioner Ken Russell went to the area not long after and tweeted that a sinker was beginning to form.
He says sand and sediment have flowed from the street into Biscayne Bay, which is harmful to corals and affects the level of oxygen in marine life.
“It’s so frustrating,” Russell told Local 10 News reporter Saira Anwer. “We take a few steps forward and then 10 steps back. The quality of the water in our bay is deteriorating, and this is just another situation where more sediment is coming into the bay, covering the corals, covering the grass, reducing oxygen and killing the fish.
Miami-Dade Department of Water and Sewerage officials say drivers are being asked to avoid the Biscayne Boulevard area from Southeast Second Street to Biscayne Way and from Southeast Third Avenue to Biscayne Boulevard.
The Metromover system also remains temporarily closed due to a watertight fracture. There is currently a free shuttle bus for commuters.
A spokesman for the Water and Sewerage Department said it was not clear when the repair would be completed until the damage to the pipe was assessed.
The cause of the plumbing rupture is also unclear.
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WATCHING: The video shows the extensive flooding of the Miami Plumbing Break. (Video courtesy of Brian Yusty)
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