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June 18, 2015

Crews respond to ruptured 48-inch water main in Hunting Park

Philadelphia Water Department responds to main break in North Philadelphia

Water Main Break Flooding
Water main Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Water overflowing from the back of the Shop Rite parking lot onto the train tracks below.

Fire department crews have raced to the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia after a 48-inch water main ruptured Thursday afternoon, sending water into nearby businesses, officials said.

According to 6 ABC, the Philadelphia Water Department received a call around 2:45 p.m. on Thursday about the broken main at the intersection of Fox Street and Roberts Avenue.

Gallery: Hunting Park Water Main Break

The fire department reportedly evacuated about 100 people from businesses inside the Bakers Square shopping center, NBC 10 reports. A full 7 million gallons of water gushed from the broken main, entering stores including Planet Fitness, Hair Buzz, Dollar General, and Ross. 

According to the Philadelphia Water Department, the main has been shut down and crews are assessing the damage. 

On Sunday, a 36-inch water main broke in West Philadelphia, prompting more than a dozen residents to evacuate as flood water entered homes and destroyed property, including parked vehicles. The Water Department has not yet announced the cause of that main break.

Check back for updates on this developing story.