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June 14, 2015

Giant water main break causes flooding in West Philadelphia

Water Main Break Flooding
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Twitter user @DaRealAntGeez tweeted this photo Sunday morning of flooding at 52nd Street and Girard Avenue after a water main break.

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. 

Vehicles were submerged into the flooding as 14 residents were evacuated after their homes were flooded, according to 6 ABC. Most of the water has now receded. 

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. 

The cause of the break is currently unknown. According to NBC Philadelphia, it was installed in 1885.