Water Main Break Floods Montgomery County Streets

A water main break flooded streets in Abington Township Monday night and continued to cause problems into Tuesday morning.

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The 16-inch cement main broke around 3 p.m. on Tyson and Bradfield avenues. Workers from Aqua PA arrived at the scene to evaluate the problem and make repairs.
Abington Township Police
Officials are unsure why the main broke but say the cement is decades old.
Abington Township Police
The 900 block of Edge Hill Road and Tyson Avenueweare closed due to the break. Crews were able to shut the main off at 4:30 p.m. and continue to make repairs. As a result of the shutoff, about 30 homes on Edge Hill Road from Custer Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue were without water into Tuesday. Crews restored service just after 7 a.m. Tuesday.
SkyForce10 captured what looked like a waterfall flowing through the street as thousands of gallons of water rushed from Edge Hill Road to Tyson Avenue.
“I heard a wooshing sound,” Aaron Houston, one of the residents said. “My wife was sitting on the couch and I said, ‘Oh no!’ She goes, ‘What?’ And I got up and you could just see the wave coming down the backyard.”
“It came in through the walls,” Meredith Casey, another resident, told NBC10. Water rushed down Casey’s driveway. She told NBC10 at least 5 gallons of water got inside her home.
“We’re told by Aqua officials that to restore the water would be about 24 hours,” Abington Deputy Chief Patrick Malloy said. “Approximately 85 residents are impacted as a result of the break.” Aqua Pa. provided a water tank for residents without water.
Impacted residents who are seeking claim information are asked to contact Aqua Claims Supervisor Craig Nelson at 610-645-1072. A boil water advisory is also in effect for residents once their water is returned.
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