Southeastern PA

Pressure restored after water main break in Philadelphia

Water main break floods streets, closes schools in Philly

PHILADELPHIA - Cleanup has begun and water pressure has returned in several northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods flooded by a massive water main break.

The 48-inch cast iron pipe burst around 9 a.m. Monday. Dozens of schools and day care centers in the affected area were forced to close early due to lack of water pressure.

City officials said 19 locations, all of them businesses, had reported that they were without power because of the flooding.

It's unclear what exactly caused the 106-year-old pipe to break. City officials said the age of the main may be the reason but an investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, repairs are already underway.

The city has insurance adjusters going through the neighborhood assessing damage. Officials will also assess the damaged buildings for safety hazards.

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