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Break Sends Water Spilling Down Road In Pleasant Hills

Water was flowing down Sunrise Drive early Tuesday morning. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

Water was flowing down Sunrise Drive early Tuesday morning. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

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A large water main break caused some significant problems Tuesday morning for people living in Pleasant Hills.

Officials say the first calls about the break came in around 4:30 a.m. along Sunrise Drive.

“You could see the water going down. It was coming down my driveway, coming down her driveway. You could see the water. [Must have] been coming out almost a foot out of the ground,” Marty Kunz said.

Thousands of gallons of water spilled out of the broken main and poured down the street. It caused damage to the road, as well as problems with ice.

The water began flowing into the basements of some nearby homes. Another issue for residents is that there is only one way onto and out of that roadway.

Water flowed unabated for more than an hour until Pennsylvania American Water crews finally shut it down. However, nine homes suffered property damage or flooding.

“I answered the door, [they] told me there was a water main break, to check my basement. I went downstairs in the basement and had about three feet of water in it,” Mike Ankrom said.

The water submerged, soaked, or ruined just about everything.

“The furnace, hot water tank, TV, entertainment stand, a couple hundred DVD’s, PlayStation,” Ankrom said.

Meanwhile, the water flowed down into a gulley area and formed a rather significant pond behind the homes.

Full service should be restored later Tuesday afternoon.