Headaches continue after Trenton water main break

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Headaches continue after Trenton water main break. Nora Muchanic reports during Action News at 4pm on May 8, 2017. (WPVI)

A weekend water main break is still causing headaches in Trenton.

A pipe broke early Saturday morning, causing part of the ground to give way.

Keith Williams is one of dozens of Trenton residents dealing with the aftermath that sent several feet of water rushing down the street and spilling into cars and basements.

"I lost my hot water heater, maybe my heater, my washing machine, computer," said Williams.

As of Monday, there was still a major hole in the ground at the intersection of Garfield and Walnut. That's where crews continue repairing a maze of underground utility pipes.

"The water line has been repaired. The gas line should be repaired, PSE&G is out there. As soon as were able to complete repairing the sewer line everything should be back to normal," said Public Works Director Merkle Cherry.

However, things won't be back to normal anytime soon for Aime and Abdul Fleming. They, along with their three children, have been forced out of their home and into a hotel after the front foundation gave way. It sent five feet of water into their basement.

"Almost made me cry because that's my man cave in the basement. I opened the door and you need a scuba set to get down there. All my stuff floating, refrigerators, TV's," Abdule said.

"My insurance company told us from the gate 'we are not paying for that because that's not damage that was done inside your house,'" Aime said.

The Flemings, and several other flooding victims, went to City Hall on Monday looking for help. The city is encouraging residents who suffered losses to contact the city's safety insurance coordinator.

"We want to make sure every constituent out there that was affected by the water main break gets immediate service from us," said Trenton Business Administrator Terry McEwen.

"Adjuster is supposed to come by look at what we've got here. I hope we don't get the same news everyone else is getting," said Valentino Crosland. When asked what that news is, he said "No coverage."

"When you think you're getting ahead, you look like now you've got a setback," said Martha Black.

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