Cold Weather Causes Water Damage, Line Breaks
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The cold weather is causing problems with water service across the area. Both residential pipes and major water mains are being impacted.
In Springdale, eight people were forced from their Center Street apartment building after a broken pipe created a mess.
The owner of the building says the break happened in a first floor apartment, where a part-time tenant wasn’t running the heat.
The water ran down through the walls and flooded one basement apartment. It caused significant damage to a second.
The fire department forced the power company to cut service to the building until an electrical engineer can do an inspection.
Frustrated residents spent the night at the Springdale municipal building being helped by the Red Cross.
In Munhall, crews at Steel Valley Middle School spent the night cleaning halls and classrooms after a pipe burst in the sprinkler system.
The superintendent says the damage was limited to the bottom floor.
Classes today were not affected.
In Stanton Heights, a water main broke early this morning sending water gushing down McCabe Street.
Residents there say they could hear the sound of the water running down the street and bubbling along sidewalks and yards.
They worried the break would cause a hazardous situation if the water froze on the street and caused an accident.
In Carrick, water service on Concordia Street was restored early this morning after a 20-inch line broke yesterday afternoon.