Large Water Main Break Floods South Philly Streets

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    Crews were called to Oregon Avenue Friday morning for a broken water main that flooded the streets. (Published Friday, June 20, 2014)

    A large water main has broken in South Philadelphia, flooding several streets and prompting their closure.

    The 12-inch main burst under Oregon Avenue at St. Christopher Drive, near 3rd Street, around 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

    Water Main Break: 1 Home With a Foot of Water

    [PHI] Water Main Break: 1 Home With a Foot of Water
    Crews are working on a water main break in South Philadelphia where one home has already reported a foot to a foot and a half of flooding in their basement. (Published Friday, June 20, 2014)

    Water spilled on to the streets above the pipe, rising up to the front of a Philly Soft Pretzel Factory and spreading north on 3rd Street towards Shunk. That's a block away. Residents moved their cars to keep them from being flooded.

    South Philly Water Main Break

    [PHI] South Philly Water Main Break
    In South Philadelphia, a water main break began at 3rd Street and Oregon Avenue flooding several streets this morning. (Published Friday, June 20, 2014)

    Philadelphia Police have shut down the westbound lanes of Oregon Avenue and 3rd Street between Shunk and Oregon. Water has flooded the basement of at least one home along St. Christopher Drive, officials tell

    Water pressure has dropped significantly in the surrounding neighborhood.

    Philadelphia Water Department crews were able to shut off the water flow around 7 a.m. and continue to work at the scene.