North Philadelphia

Water Gushes Down North Philly Streets After Large Water Main Break

The Philadelphia Water Department said a main broke at 4th and Berks streets

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A large water main break sent water gushing down streets in North Philadelphia Thursday morning.

The Philadelphia Water Department said a main broke near 4th and Berks streets around 6:45 a.m. A sinkhole could be seen on 4th Street where water was rising.

NBC10 obtained video of the moment the water main broke.

NBC10 obtained video of the moment a water main broke, sending water flowing down a street in North Philadelphia.

The flooded streets spanned throughout the North Philly neighborhood as neighbors woke up to the mess.

SkyForce10 was overhead as the gallons of water quickly bubbled up from the street, nearly covering the front portion of a black SUV stuck in the sinkhole.

Neighbor Jerry Shin's car was also stuck before crews removed it and others.

“The front portion of my car is in the sinkhole. I just got my car fixed like a month ago and it feels like I’m going to have to get it fixed again," Shin said.

Water department workers said there are two pipes in the area: one is 20 inches and one is 48 inches. They weren't immediately sure which one had broken.

Workers were later seen pumping water out of the sinkhole, but for some neighbors it was too late. One nearby store had its basement flooded.

Residents were told to shelter in place. The water department, meanwhile, said the street could stay blocked off for months for repairs.

Residents were frustrated when they spoke with NBC10, including Maria Orona, whose basement was flooded.

"All the investors were out here making sure they got their f------ money and their s--- fixed," an angry Orona shouted. "What about mine?! What about mine?! I work!"

Orona said the flooding caused thousands of dollars in damage and her hot water still wasn't working Thursday evening.

Philadelphia Water Department crews eventually removed the broken water main. Now they're working on installing a replacement.

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