WEST ELIZABETH (KDKA) — A water main break flooded a home in West Elizabeth overnight and the homeowner claims that the water company actually made matters even worse.

A neighbor knocked at the door of John Lennex’s Viola Street home around 11:30 p.m. last night to let him know that a water main break was sending water gushing into his yard and basement.

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Lennex says it took the water company more than two hours to finally shut off service to his home — so he and firefighters watched helplessly as water continued to pour into his basement.

“If they’d have [gotten] here and shut it off within a reasonable amount of time, the damage wouldn’t be as bad.”

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“We got damage to the wall… Our hot water heater — everything… brand new furnace and a brand new hot water heater,” Lennex told KDKA-TV.

Pennsylvania-American Water apparently operates the ruptured line; but so far, the company has not yet commented on the situation.

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