Line rupture spills water on roads in Ohio capital

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The public utilities department in Columbus says a break in a main water line spilled water across a downtown intersection and parts of adjacent streets in Ohio's capital, raising concerns that the liquid might freeze on the roads amid extremely cold temperatures.

Department spokeswoman Laura Young Mohr says the rupture was reported Monday afternoon in a 12-inch pipe beneath the road, several blocks from the Ohio Statehouse. She says the cause isn't clear, and officials don't know whether the cold weather was a factor.

She said the department was trying to repair the line Monday night and would work with public safety officials to address any ice that might form on the affected roads.

The closure of those sections of road disrupted evening traffic in a busy area.

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