WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (CBS) — Water mains have been breaking all over the Delaware Valley on Tuesday as some are not able to handle the deep freeze.
In West Conshohocken, water was flowing like a river Tuesday morning on Balligomingo Road and Front Street.
“The force of the water took the dumpster out of the dumpster enclosure with the fence,” said Pete Toner, an employee with Summerwood Corporation.
A massive 30-inch water main break caused lower water pressure for more than 1,000 Aqua Pennsylvania customers in Montgomery County.
“The mud stopped most of the water from coming in and made a dam,” said Toner.
Summerwood Corporation operates more than 100 fast-food restaurants in the region.
“There’s mud that’s coming out of there,” said Toner. “Our computers are down, so it’s affecting some of our credit card machines at some of our restaurants.”
The inside took in two to three inches of water, destroying the carpet that was installed just three months ago.
Back outside, crews worked in frigid temperatures to fix the concrete pipe.
“I know it’s been tough. We’ve had a rough weekend with quite a few breaks,” said Michael Fili of Aqua Pennsylvania. “It’s important to just keep them safe, keep them warm and keep them moving as best we can and try to fight Mother Nature.”
“It’s a big inconvenience, but we’ll get through it,” said Toner.
The water company is hoping to get everyone back at 100 percent by Wednesday morning.
In the meantime, they’re asking customers to remain patient, and, if possible, conserve water.
This wasn’t the only water main break creating havoc in the area. In Moorestown, New Jersey, on Kings Highway near Haines Drive, the morning rush was disrupted by water and a blocked travel lane.
And in Northeast Philadelphia overnight, more than 100 homes were left without water at Minden and Medford Roads in the city’s Parkwood section.