Water line break encases cars in ice in West Philadelphia

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In West Philadelphia a water line break quickly froze over and left cars encased in ice. (WPVI)

The below freezing temperatures we're experiencing right now are potentially dangerous. They're also causing problems across the region, especially in West Philadelphia where a water line break quickly froze over and left cars encased in ice.

A combination of below freezing temperatures and a burst pipe caused an icy mess for people living along North 63rd Street and Haverford Avenue.

Rochelle Williams tells us, "My cousin called me at 6:15 in the morning to let me know that my street was flooded. And when I looked out the window I just couldn't believe it."

The break happened Thursday night when a pipe supplying water to a fire hydrant burst, sending water pouring onto the street.

The incident left 80 homes without water, and also disrupted traffic and SEPTA service.

One resident woke up to their car completely encased in ice.

"Oh my God. I can't believe that car over there. It's frozen - absolutely frozen," Williams said.

Other drivers also woke up to the icy nightmare and ice covered cars. The unlucky ones were forced to do some unexpected scraping.

Before the streets closed, passing cars splashed water onto the parked ones, quickly turning them into ice statues.

Rajiyah Sideiq says, "Can't even put a key in the door."

Sheema Parker explains, "Me tires are frozen. My windshield is frozen. My doors are frozen. I think my window is cracked."

The Water Department now says service has been restored to all homes in the neighborhood.
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