SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Repairs to a massive water main break in South Park Township will take some time.

According to police, the 48-inch main broke Thursday morning on Piney Fork Road around 7 a.m. Thursday.

The biggest problem is getting to the line. It’s located under an old railroad tunnel where South Park stores its salt supply. They have to move hundreds of tons of the salt truck by truck.

Another problem is that tons of the salt washed into Piney Creek. The community’s anglers association actually stocks trout into Piney Creek, so it’s a popular fishing location.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it took samples of the creek and is analyzing the water; however, they did not see any evidence of fish kill.

The DEP estimates 30 million gallons of water spilled out from the break.

PennDOT and South Park Township crews are still trucking salt out of the reserve tunnel in order to reach the source of the break.

The water has been shut off and engineers are on the scene. All railroad traffic that uses Green Man’s Tunnel was also halted.

Water has been rerouted in the area and only four customers are without service. Crews hoped to have service restored to them Thursday night.


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