PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Water service has been restored in Duquesne on Wednesday night.READ MORE: Erie Surgeon Who Has Battled Coronavirus Undergoes Successful Double-Lung Transplant At UPMC Presbyterian
It was off for hours after a car hit a fire hydrant, sending water flowing into the streets and basements and buckling road surfaces.
It happened in a split second, a hydrant sheared from its base. Immediately afterward, water was gushing from the ground, and it stayed that way for nearly two hours.
“I seen the firetrucks, I seen the police all down there,” said Duquesne resident Anita Shanley.READ MORE: Building Partially Collapses In Perry South
Shanley is one of dozens of homeowners who were impacted by the break in the area of Wool and Mehaffey streets.
“Yea, I’m gonna go buy water,” Shanley said. “I was going to run up to the store now. Because it looks a little brownish and we don’t want to drink that.”
As thousands of gallons flowed down the street, a few homes took on water until the hydrant was fixed.
“We’ll have the tanker assignment that’s already on alarm to be dispatched if anything happens as far fire wise,” Fire Chief Frank Cobb said. “They’ll be automatically rolling for the water pressure and water loss.”MORE NEWS: 94-Year-Old World War II Veteran From Allegheny Co. Finally Receives High School Diploma
Shortly before 8 p.m., crews had turned off the main and stopped the gushing water. Now, a challenging repair job ahead.