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Cleanup Continues After Water Main Break In Northeast Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The cleanup continues after a water main break in Northeast Philadelphia.

An eight-inch main burst at about 4:45 p.m. at Academy Road and Fordham Road in the Torresdale section.

The basements of five homes were flooded.

Philadelphia Water Department crews were able to close down a valve to the main, which prevented the damage from getting worse.

But still, after the water receded, homeowners were assessing what was lost.

“I stored pictures down here of my kids. My grandmother’s sentimental stuff. Things like that. It’s just a mess,” said resident Danielle Coyle.

Her husband’s power tools were among several items in their basement.

The water department indicates the pipe is about 65-years-old. What exactly caused it to burst isn’t clear.

“If anyone has any damage, the water department will make that assessment and do the best they can to take care of it for the homeowners,” said Tony Falcone of the Philadelphia Water Department.

Fortunately on this very hot day, the water and power service were both restored by 6:00 p.m.

No residents were displaced.

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