Cleanup efforts continued in North Philadelphia Sunday morning after a four-foot water main burst Saturday night, pouring millions of gallons of water into the street.
Saturday’s break, which happened about 8 p.m. near the site of the former Tastykake factory in the area of Hunting Park Avenue and Westmoreland Street, at the border of Tioga and Nicetown, was the second water main rupture in the neighborhood in lass than three months.
In June, a large water main also burst in the same area, flooding streets and local businesses, including Bakers Centre, a fairly new shopping center in the neighborhood, with 7 million gallons of water.
A Philadelphia Water Department official told NBC10’s Jesse Gary that Saturday night’s main break did not cause any evacuations or shut-downs of service, but it did briefly affect water pressure in the area.
“There were some low pressure issues. We didn’t turn anyone’s water off,” John DiGiulio, a water department spokesman. “But when you have a main of this size break, sometimes pressure goes down in some homes.”
Crews on Sunday morning were working on moving mud off of Hunting Park Avenue so that traffic could pass through. The main that burst is more than 100 years old.
A U-Haul business located in the old Tastykake warehouse said Sunday morning that although the building experienced severe flooding, none of the rental equipment was affected.
According to NBC 10 News updated on September 13th