By Meredith Barack

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s Department of Water Management spent hours Saturday morning trying to stop major flooding on Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood.

The flooding impacted the southbound side of Lower Wacker near LaSalle as water spurted out of the ground. Chicago police were blocking all eastbound and westbound traffic on Lower Wacker starting at Garvey Court to north Post Place.

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The water started receding around 5 a.m. when crews got some bigger equipment on the scene.

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An eight inch valve of a water main under Lower Wacker between Clark and LaSalle broke, and crews were in the process of repairing it Saturday afternoon, a city official said. As of 1:30 p.m. Lower Wacker was not closed, and no residents in the area lost water.

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