SCOTT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A geyser of water shot into the air for more than an hour in Scott Township Tuesday evening.
The water main break happened along Carothers Avenue and flooded a basement apartment across the street.
“It looked like the creek,” said ShyAnne Toomer, who lives in the apartment with her mom. She says there was about four inches of water that ruined their furniture and electronics.
“It just like poured down the steps there and into my mom’s room,” said Toomer.
The water hollowed out the dirt under the street’s surface and spewed rocks and pebbles onto homes, along with the water. At least one window was broken from rocks.
Neighbors say the water company had been doing some work in the area recently, but Pennsylvania American Water says it’s not known if that’s connected to the break.
Pennsylvania American Water spokesperson Jo Posti says the broken main was an 8-inch cast iron pipe that was probably seventy to eighty years old.
Posti says about 30 customers are without water, but they should have service restored overnight.