Major Water Main Break Soaks Yards, Homes In Pleasant Hills

PLEASANT HILLS (KDKA) — Three hours after a 16-inch water main break Tuesday, water continued to cascade down Woodrift Lane in Pleasant Hills.

It flowed into the garage and basement of homeowners Darell Rice and Peggy Krall. The break occurred around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Woodrift and Torwood Lanes.

Crews started to make repairs while hydrants in the area continued to drain the system.

Darell Rice told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “I work from home, and I was on a call, and I heard a noise. It sounded like gravel coming down the street. I looked out, I saw rocks and water, so I quickly hung up the phone.”

As the water flowed freely out of the ruptured main, neighbors helped with sandbags.

“There was six inches of water in the basement and the garage,” Peggy Krall said. “So we lost some photo albums, some paneling could be damaged, too, and some rugs.”

Only a few homes in the neighborhood were flooded. Some yards also soaked.

For others in the area, it was either low pressure, or in some cases, no water for Pennsylvania American water customers.

“The road has already started to sink because of the break,” Councilman Daniel Soltesz, of Pleasant Hills, said. “It looks like the water is off, but the system is draining. When it stops they can really get in and assess the damage.”

The rupture of the main forced nearby Thomas Jefferson High School to cancel a concert, and Jefferson Hospital reported problems with low water pressure.

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