Water main break closes roads in Philadelphia's Fishtown section

FISHTOWN (WPVI) -- The Philadelphia Water Department spent Tuesday fixing an eight inch water main that broke in Fishtown.

The main broke in town places near Frankford Avenue from Thompson to Girard.

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Watch Action Cam video from the scene where a large watermain break has caused road closures and has left some residents without any water.

Initially, twelve properties were affected including some business and Mary Dottaviano's house. She watched the water rise with her grandson C.J. Oetzel.

"It looked like the ocean. It looked like the Delaware River, but it never came up to my gate, thank God," Dottaviano said.

"I didn't know one of the main pipes broke and it kept going until somebody came and stopped it," Oetzel said.

The break happened just after midnight.

"My husband called me at 5:45 this morning and said there's all these police outside, there's water everywhere, the road is closed," Lily Fischer, owner of the Cake Life Bake Shop, said.

Fischer woke up to a call about the break, but says luckily her business did not lose water and remained open.

"It looks pretty awful and all day there have been police here, the streets have been closed. We've certainly noticed less foot traffic," Fischer said.

The water department replaced six feet of the broken main. They turned the water back on around 3:30 p.m.

Foot traffic is allowed on the block again, but the road remains closed for vehicles.

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