June 14, 2015
A water main break in West Philadelphia caused flooding and evacuations on Sunday morning as crews continue what is expected to be a long cleanup and repair effort ahead.
NBC Philadelphia reports that the 36-inch main broke around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday at the 500 block of North 52nd Street between Wyalusing and Westminster Avenues.
Breaking news! Several West Phila. families forced from home due to 36" water main break; Westminster&52nd 🚘s damaged pic.twitter.com/R1v11KaewR— Jesse Gary (@JesseNBC10) June 14, 2015
The Philadelphia Water Department has shut down the water main as cleanup and investigation into the reason for the break began. It is not clear how many customers are affected and when the main will be fixed.
Scene of the water main break on N 52 nd in West Phila. Have met with many neighbors, great work by public employees pic.twitter.com/3AD8KA85Dg— Michael A. Nutter (@Michael_Nutter) June 14, 2015
The cause of the break is currently unknown. According to NBC Philadelphia, it was installed in 1885.