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Heat Wave, No water

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It's one of the hottest weeks of the year and for thousands of Maryland residents, they'll have to get through the heat wave without running water.

The water supply was shut off at midnight so residents were taking steps to prepare for what could be several days without water.

ABC's Karen Travers has more.

It is a scorcher out there!

Temperatures above 90 degrees across the entire continental U.S.....heat watches, warnings and advisories in effect for 18 states.

And in one Maryland County just outside Washington D.C. residents will really be feeling the heat.

A major 54-inch water main in Prince George's County is in desperate need of  repair.

So at midnight, officials shut off the water supply...leaving 200-to-300 thousand residents high and dry.

Across the affected area, people scrambled to stockpile water before the taps trickled to empty.

This woman was delivering water to relatives.

I just want to make sure that they will be hydrated, be able to take baths and brush their teeth you know personal hygiene stuff.

County officials urged residents to be prepared.

"What we want people to do is fill up their tubs and available containers with water tonight.

So Tomminetta Stamp got creative with her backyard inflatable pool.

"We usually use this for swimming, however we going to have to use it for flushing out toilets."

The water company said that best case scenario - the water's back on within five days.

This is our highest priority, but we don't know what we are going to find exactly when we get into the pipe."

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