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.
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Officials are unsure why the main broke but say the cement is decades old.
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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.
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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.
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“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.”
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“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.
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“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.
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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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