ALLENTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Officials have issued a boil water advisory after a large water main break flooded a neighborhood in Allentown, prompting evacuations and partially swallowing a vehicle, authorities said. Allentown police said the water began rushing down the street at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, prompting evacuations and requests for residents to move their cars.
Lehigh County Authority Director Liesel Gross said crews were trying to shut off the 30-inch high-pressure line that serves large portions of the city and surrounding communities.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Gross said the break left a good part of the city without water service and widespread outages were expected. Residents were asked to avoid using water if possible.
The break happened at 17th and Walnut Streets.
Our crews will be working through the night to repair the main break near 17th & Walnut Streets and secure the ground and sidewalk. We issued a boil water advisory for Westmount Apartments, located in a higher elevation of our system. See website for more: https://t.co/hJHjoIq3JS pic.twitter.com/ysGABJmiCb
— Lehigh County Authority (@LCAuthority) April 29, 2020READ MORE: Mothers Who Lost Sons To Gun Violence Gather At Dell Music Center To Receive Potted Flower On Mother's Day
For more information on the advisory, click here.
The cause of the break wasn’t immediately known.
There’s no word on when the repair will be complete.MORE NEWS: Police: Teenager, 23-Year-Old Killed In Quintuple Shooting In Olney
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