WORCESTER - A major water main broke on Lamartine Street between Meade Street and Grosvenor Street about 5 a.m. Monday.

Motorists should avoid the area to allow for the repair crew to work safely. 

The affected areas include the neighborhoods of Green Island, Elm Park, Chandler Street, Shrewsbury Street, Lake Avenue, downtown and the UMass Memorial Medical Center campus.

Residents should refrain from using rusty water. If the water does not clear, residents should call the Department of Public Works & Parks at (508) 929-1300.

Updates can be found on the DPW Facebook page and Twitter account.