Homes Evacuated Due to Water Main Break, Gas Leak

By David Chang
|  Thursday, Feb 20, 2014  |  Updated 7:17 AM EDT
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Christine Maddela on the scene of a water main break on Livingston Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

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Christine Maddela on the scene of a water main break on Livingston Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

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A water main break and a gas leak forced the evacuation of several homes in the Port Richmond section of the city.

Officials say a 6-inch water main ruptured around 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday on the 3000 block of Livingston Street. When crews responded to the scene to repair the break they noticed the strong odor of gas.

The crews then discovered that a 6-inch gas main also ruptured.

Both gas and water were shut off in the area. Water service was restored around 2:30 a.m. while gas service remained shut off.

Crews remained at the scene to repair the damaged street until the early morning hours.

Officials say at least 14 homes on the street had flooding in the basements. The Red Cross provided shelter for two families and four people who had to evacuate.

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