Photo by Ethan McLeod

A water main break at Union and Buena Vista avenues in Hampden shut off water service for neighbors on Monday, leaving homes without water service and prompting businesses to close.

Baltimore Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher said via email that a 10-inch main broke, leaving 20 combined homes and businesses without water service.

City work crews blocked off a short stretch of Union Avenue from Buena Vista to Clipper Mill Road on Monday as they worked on the broken pipe in the heat. The hole appeared to be about six feet deep and took up roughly half of the two-lane road.

Kocher said it’s unclear what caused the break. It was called in around 7:45 a.m., he said.

The lack of running water prompted several local businesses to close, including Blue Bit BBQ and Artifact Coffee. Both had posted signs on their front doors: Blue Pit said they planned to reopen “ASAP,” and Artifact advised customers to head to sister café Bird in Hand in Charles Village “for a free pastry on us.”

A neighbor sitting outside the Clipper Mill Inn (better known as The Bloody Bucket) who declined to give her name said the bar was still open. She said there was no running water inside, but the bar was still serving cold beer.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...