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Repairs to burst water main in Philadelphia to take months

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:45:04 PM CST
Philadelphia water main break
PHILADELPHIA -

Repairs to a burst water main that prompted evacuations and school closures in Philadelphia are expected to take a few months, officials said Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Water Department said the break occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Monday on the 48-inch transmission main in the city's Frankford section.

A total of 23 million gallons of water flowed out of the 106-year-old main, which supplies water to a large section of lower northeast Philadelphia and north Philadelphia.

Dozens of schools and day care centers in the affected area were forced to close early due to lack of water pressure. The main was shut down at about noon.

The water department said workers will be at the site for several days to clean the area and prepare the site to repair the main.