Reporting Jim Melwert
By Jim Melwert
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For the second time in a week, the Philadelphia Water Department is dealing with a water-main break, this one in Northeast Philadelphia.
The water department says a 24-inch main broke on the 2800 block of Willits Road near Ashton Road around 10 o’clock Sunday night.
The water was finally shut off around midnight for crews to begin repairs.
This break was not nearly as devastating as the one last week in South Philadelphia, but it’s still incredibly frustrating to residents like Ray Jones.
Jones says this is the third time in 13-years they’ve had a bad water main break on this block and it’s the second time in just two years.
“So I don’t know if the street has to be dug up, how much it’s undermined by the water, but it’s totally ridiculous.”
Two homes did have to be evacuated Sunday night, as the water flooded into those homes and climbed towards their electrical boxes.
Crews are on scene, but the roads are re-opened.
This water main break is not as severe as the one in South Philadelphia, where last Sunday’s 48-inch transmission main break caused the entire intersection at 21st and Bainbridge to collapse.