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Crews around region plagued by broken water mains

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 09 2014 03:47:07 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 04:47:05 PM CST

Crews were working overtime Thursday as frigid conditions caused water mains to break around the region.

READING, Pa. -

Crews were working overtime Thursday as frigid conditions caused water mains to break around the region.

As we come out of the deep freeze, officials said the problems may only get worse.

Crews were digging deep in Reading on Thursday afternoon after a main broke and sent water gushing out of the sidewalk and into the 1600 block of Cotton Street.

Broken pipes are also a problem plaguing homeowners. Jahre Tisdale woke up Thursday morning to find an inch of water in the basement of his home on Gordon Street in Reading. His pipe burst and was leaking from about four different places.

"As soon as I got up I turned the lights on and noticed it was raining in my house and not outside," said Tisdale, who called the fire department for assistance.

The American Red Cross offers tips for safely thawing frozen water pipes.