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.READ MORE: 'The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Not Over,' Pennsylvania Health Leaders Say
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.”READ MORE: Friends Of 15-Year-Old Shot, Killed In Brookline Say They Will Never Forget The Joy He Brought Everyone
“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.MORE NEWS: Little Italy Days Return To Bloomfield: 'The Businesses Need A Shot In The Arm'