West End Residents Frustrated By Latest Water Main Break
WEST END (KDKA) – Residents in a West End neighborhood had to deal with another water main break Thursday morning.
According to emergency dispatchers, the break happened in the 1500-block of Queensbury Street around 6 a.m.
No one wanted to deal with the mess left behind this morning, especially considering this isn’t the first or even second time neighbors have had a water line break.
“Last time, it really flooded the basement and damaged the paneling,” Stephanie Chubarov said.
This break caused a hillside to partially collapse, which crumbled the fence below and Susan Fitzpatrick’s yard turned into a swamp.
“I looked out the window and heard the water and thought it was raining. It’s sunny, that doesn’t make any sense. And then, I noticed it had been raining in my yard,” Fitzpatrick said.
But that wasn’t the only complication caused by the break. The street had been weakened by the break and a school bus left a gaping hole after driving through.
The bus was able to pull away, and the area was then roped off as crews prepared to fix the water main.
Fitzpatrick was hopeful that maybe this time the line would just be replaced. However, she was told by Pennsylvania American Water Company that most likely won’t happen.
“He actually said that there are some streets that have had 40 to 50 breaks in the last 10 years and they’re not fixing those completely either so it’s just not going to happen either,” Fitzpatrick said.
Penn American said the main break left about 50 customers without water while repairs were made.