Officials say repairs to a burst water main in northeast Philadelphia that prompted evacuations and school closures are expected to take a few months.
The Philadelphia Water Department said the break occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Monday on the 48-inch transmission main in the city's Frankford section.
A total of 23 million gallons of water flowed out of the 106-year-old main, which supplies water to a large section of lower northeast Philadelphia and north Philadelphia.
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Dozens of schools and day care centers in the affected area were forced to close early due to lack of water pressure.
The main was shut down at 11:30 a.m.
The water department says workers will be at the site for several days to clean the area and prepare the site to repair the main.