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Pressure restored after water main break in Philadelphia

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:32:37 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 23 2013 06:48:54 PM EST

A major water main break flooded streets and prompted the early closure of dozens of schools in Philadelphia on Monday, officials said.


Cleanup has begun and water pressure has returned in several northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods flooded by a massive water main break.

The 48-inch cast iron pipe burst around 9 a.m. Monday. Dozens of schools and day care centers in the affected area were forced to close early due to lack of water pressure.

City officials said 19 locations, all of them businesses, had reported that they were without power because of the flooding.


It's unclear what exactly caused the 106-year-old pipe to break. City officials said the age of the main may be the reason but an investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, repairs are already underway.

The city has insurance adjusters going through the neighborhood assessing damage. Officials will also assess the damaged buildings for safety hazards.