Water gushes more than 20 feet into the air following main break in Crescentville

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A massive water main break sent water shooting into the air and flooded the street in the city's Crescentville section Monday morning.

It started around 3 a.m. on the 300 block of East Godfrey Avenue.

Neighbors say they woke up to the sound of gushing water outside of their homes.

Some reported seeing a water main break spraying about 20 feet into the air.

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Action Cam Video: Water main break in Crescentville section of Philadelphia.

The water was hitting electrical wires that are directly overhead, and the runoff formed a stream that flooded the street.

The water was shut down around 5:15 a.m.

One neighbor told Action News, "I was worried about them shutting off the water, so I took a shower before they turned off the water, and thank God I did because they just turned the water off."

Approximately 60 nearby properties lost water. Some neighbors only knew there was a problem after they started their morning routine.

"It's a hassle. It's really bad. I mean, without water you can't do nothing in the morning. So I got to go run out get some water come back here, get the kids ready," said Sito Muleo.

Nearby residents say recently crews have been working in the area, digging up the street.

Latoya Reid said, "Maybe they messed up a water pipe there- that's what I'm thinking. Maybe. Because they've been doing work all up and down here."

Water Department crews returned around 9:30 a.m. to begin excavation and repairs.

Traffic has been detoured in the area.

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Water main break in Crescentville: Katherine Scott reports on Action News at 5 a.m., March 18, 2019

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