SCOTT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Water service has been restored to dozens of residents in two area communities; but the taps were dry for several hours earlier today due to early-morning water main breaks.
A 6-inch line ruptured shortly before 5 a.m. near the intersection of Summerville and Shireville Roads in Scott Township, sending water flooding into Kaye Paterson’s home.
“Police rang the doorbell at 4:30 and said pretty much you have a water main break,” Paterson added, “and I said, ‘OK’ and thought that was it.”
But Paterson’s basement was inundated by the runoff — leaving her basement a disaster area with as much as 3-feet of water.
“We had water blowing through the ground into the yard — running across the yard, into the driveway and flooding the house,” Jerry Butts with Bower Hill VFD told KDKA.
Pennsylvania American Water crews had to shut off water service to dozens of residents on the hottest day of the year while they worked to repair the line; but service was restored a few hours later.
Those Scott Township residents weren’t the only ones dealing with no water in this excessive heat.
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer confirmed another water main break in the 5400-block of Stanton Avenue that left a number of Highland Park residents — including a senior citizens high-rise — without water.
Workers brought in water buffaloes while crews worked to repair that break.
Crews managed to restore service around 2 p.m.
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