Broken valve leads to high rise flooding

September 17, 2009 7:48:16 AM PDT
A broken water valve gave residents of a North Philadelphia high rise a rude awakening this morning.

The break happened around 4:30 at the Norman Blumberg Apartments, located on the 1500 block of Judson Street. The pipe burst in two floors of the 18-story high rise.

The fire department had trouble shutting off the water valve on the 11th and 12th floor, which led to about 2 inches of water throughout some apartments.

About 20 residents had to be evacuated.

Officials from Philadelphia Housing Authority and building supervisors were called to the scene to assist.