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Streets left flooded when 2 water mains break

March 01. 2014 10:54PM
By Joe Healey jhealey@civitasmedia.com

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WILKES-BARRE — Crews from Pennsylvania American Water Co. restored service around 7:45 p.m. Saturday to two water mains that broke earlier in the day near the downtown.

The breaks flooded streets, caused low water pressure in parts of the city and set off a half-dozen false commercial fire alarms.

Susan Turcmanovich, a Pennsylvania American Water Co. spokeswoman, said the two breaks were on North Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Washington Street, and Union Street, between Main and Washington streets.

“While we were shutting down the North Street line, the increased waster pressure caused a break in the Union Street line,” Turcmanovich said.

Both are 12-inch mains and only about dozen residential and several commercial water customers were effected.

She said customers in the Wilkes-Barre region may have discolored water and urged them to let the cold water run until it runs clear. She said there is no need to boil water.

Wilkes-Barre Fire Department Acting Assistant Fire Chief Robert Smith said several fire hydrants were also out of service.

“We are monitoring the situation,” Smith said. “We have some low water pressure in the South end of the city and some hydrants are out of service.”

He said the department received a half dozen false alarms from commercial properties with sprinkler systems.

“When the water pressure, which is connected to the city lines, drops, sometimes an alarm will go off,” he said.

He said water crews were on the scene repairing the damage he said was likely caused by old lines and cold weather.


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