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OVERBROOK (KDKA) – A water main break caused some icy conditions in Overbrook early Thursday morning.
According to police, an 8-inch main broke near the intersection of Elwyn Avenue and Homehurst Street in Overbrook around 4:30 a.m.
Water continued to spew down the street even after Penn American Water crews shut off the line.
“This was quite the surprise to wake up to this morning,” said Overbrook resident Jessica Lucas.
Lucas was initially surprised because she thought her pipes had frozen. Soon, she realized that wasn’t the case.
“I came out the front porch, I looked down the hill and saw the mud in their yard and then I stepped out on the driveway. I let out an, ‘Oh, my God,'” said Lucas. “I’m really upset now. We’ve had issues with water coming down the hill for a couple years now.”
The water created icy conditions on the road so two intersections, Elwyn Avenue at Route 88 and Elwyn at Homehurst were blocked to traffic to prevent cars from losing control. The Department of Public Works salted Elwyn Avenue many times.
As for Lucas’ neighbors next door, she said their yard is even worse.
“It’s a mud pile. My poor neighbors have a river and a lake in their front yard,” she said.
Lucas said her yard is pretty bad, too.
“I wasn’t sure if we needed to move some of our Christmas decorations, only to see that there are parts of our driveway that have now sunk. There’s gravel everywhere. I’m not sure even where all the gravel has come from,” said Lucas.
Penn American crews showed up once it was daylight and started digging and drilling into the ground. Approximately 25 customers were affected by the break.
Service was restored shortly after noon.
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