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Water Main Break Floods Streets In South Philly

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By Steve Beck, Jenn Bernstein

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A water main break in South Philadelphia early Friday morning damaged at least one home and created a traffic headache.

The fire department received a call at about 5:40 a.m. about a ruptured water main break at 2nd Street and Oregon Avenue.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and alerted neighbors to move their cars to avoid damage from the flowing water.

Crews with the water department eventually capped five valves and stopped the rushing flow of water. Water department officials said the main was 12 inches.

The streets impacted are the 200 block of Oregon Avenue, the 2600 block of St. Christopher Drive and the 2600 block of S. 3rd Street.

At least one home on St. Christopher Drive took in water.

As a result of the crash, Oregon Avenue westbound between 2nd and 3rd Streets is closed.

PECO crews were called to the scene to inspect a utility pole that was located right near where the main ruptured. It is believed that the pole shifted as a result of the water and moving soil.

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