Lehigh Valley

Bethlehem water main leak forces early-morning evacuations

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Emergency crews in Bethlehem said an early-morning water main leak forced evacuations from a handful of homes along Blake Court.

The Bethlehem Fire Department reports that a call for a water main leak came in about 1:40 a.m. Monday. Crews found a stress crack, and water from one townhouse poured onto the street, where it froze because of Monday's overnight low temperatures.

Emergency officials evacuated eight homes because of the leak, and six other homes were evacuated because the gas was shut off. PPL and UGI crews remained at the scene early Monday morning.

Affected families were moved to nearby Spring Garden Elementary School as they wait to hear from the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

UGI hopes of return gas service for the six homes unaffected by the water leak by noon.

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