Water main break creates street geyser

Flood­ing from a wa­ter main break dam­aged two homes and two busi­nesses, while in­ter­rupt­ing wa­ter ser­vice late Sunday night and early Monday in the North­east.

An 8-inch un­der­ground pipe burst at Wil­lits and Ashton roads at about 10 p.m. Sunday, said John Di­Gi­ulio, a Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment spokes­man. Wit­nesses re­por­ted that wa­ter shot dozens of feet in­to the air for a time, then filled the street be­fore wa­ter de­part­ment work­ers shut off the flow.

“Some prop­er­ties re­ceived wa­ter in the cel­lar,” said Di­Gi­ulio. “We pumped that out [on Sunday] night.”

Full wa­ter ser­vice re­sumed in the neigh­bor­hood be­fore noon on Monday. Af­fected streets had been closed tem­por­ar­ily but were re­opened to vehicle traffic by Monday morn­ing.

The cause re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion Di­Gi­ulio said. The main was in­stalled in 1955.

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