Intersection Reopens Months After Massive Water Main Break

By Vince Lattanzio and David Chang
|  Thursday, Apr 24, 2014  |  Updated 12:07 AM EDT
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Major Water Main Break Floods Streets

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This was the scene several months ago after the break

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The Philadelphia Water Department finally finished repairs at an intersection in Frankford months after a broken water main caused major flooding and widespread water outage across parts of the city.

On December 23, just before 9 a.m., a 48-inch water main, located 20 feet under the intersection of Frankford and Torresdale Avenues, broke open.

The busted 106-year-old cast iron pipe sent more than 20 million gallons of water gushing up to the streets -- flooding a daycare center filled with children and affecting water service in at least eight different city zip codes.

After the break, crews with the Water Department worked throughout the harsh winter to repair the broken mains and clean the area of dirt and debris.

On Wednesday the Water Department announced that repairs were complete. Frankford and Torresdale Avenues fully opened to traffic around 3 p.m. Water Department officials sent a letter to the businesses that were impacted and thanked residents for their patience during the repair process.

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