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Water main bursts in South Beach, flooding part of West Avenue

A water valve burst in Miami Beach and flooded the area near 10th Street and West Avenue, as well as nearby parking lots.
A water valve burst in Miami Beach and flooded the area near 10th Street and West Avenue, as well as nearby parking lots. Livio Crocco

A contractor working to combat the effects of sea-level rise accidentally flooded a street in Miami Beach late Tuesday afternoon.

The accident happened when a contractor working for the city tried to install a new water valve on an underground drinking water main. The valve burst, flooding the area near 10th Street and West Avenue and leaving 700 apartments without water, city officials said.

The work is part of Miami Beach’s plan to fight sea-level rise by building pumps and raising roads.

Angry residents stormed social media to post photos of flooded streets and parking lots. A video showed murky brown water flowing from the street into Biscayne Bay.

“There was an underground break in an area where there’s a lot of sand and rock but there are no contaminants in the water,” said Nanette Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the city.

Rodriguez said the contractor, Bergeron Land Development, was working to fix the break but wasn’t sure how long it would take. Last week, another contractor accidentally severed an underwater wastewater line, sending sewage into Biscayne Bay.

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