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Water main breaks in Muhlenberg Township

Published On: Feb 04 2014 09:54:25 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 06 2014 06:28:45 PM EST

A water main break in Muhlenberg Township has turned Route 61 into a river.


After working overnight and into the afternoon Wednesday, crews successfully repaired a massive water main break that left roads icy and blocked off for hours in Muhlenberg Twp., Berks Co.

Township workers, along with the Reading Area Water Authority, were called to the scene on Route 61 shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, soon faced with the snow and sleet storm.

"We managed through it," said Dean Miller, executive director of the Reading Area Water Authority.


Fortunately, Miller said total pressure was not lost.

"We still maintained positive pressure in the system, where it was not a necessity to actually put a boil water advisory out," said Miller.

"Our water pressure is a little less than it was, but we still have water," said nearby resident Patricia Keiper, whose residential street was flooded following the break. "The water kept coming and coming."

Crews told 69 News that the break resulted after a portion of the road collapsed, leaving a 5-foot wide hole that had doubled by Wednesday.

The break led to parts of 61 being shut down for hours. By the early morning, traffic was diverted so that both northbound and southbound lanes were open.