Water main break floods cars, homes

NORTH PHILADELPHIA - December 9, 2008 The rush of water flooded the street and the basements of at least 8 homes on the 2100 block of North 4th Street - leaving a huge hole in the street at the Susquehanna Street intersection.

It was around 8:00 Monday night when neighbors noticed just a crack in the street. Then around 1:30 a.m. the water broke through the surface, running down 4th Street and into nearby homes.

Some residents were trapped on their door steps due to the flooding waters.

The tidal wave of water overtook cars parked on the streets.

A Water Department spokesperson says the break was on a transmission line and generally residents are not affected by this kind of break. However, they are concerned about the flooded basements and the hazards that can cause.

The Water Department was able to shut the water off. Claims officials have been dispatched to assess the damage.

Officials are attributing the break to the frigid temperatures, combined with the age of the line.

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