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Scranton Water Main Break Affecting 50 Homes, Businesses

SCRANTON — Some people in south Scranton woke up Sunday morning with dirty water or no water at all. It’s all because of a water main break that happened ...
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SCRANTON -- Some people in south Scranton woke up Sunday morning with dirty water or no water at all. It’s all because of a water main break that happened along East Locust Street around 4 a.m.

The break caused water to gush onto the 700 block of East Locust Street, impacting 50 homes and businesses.

“A river was being born. Not, not good for a Sunday morning!" said Pat Bower, who lost water from the break.

Down the block from her home, water flooded a basement and even swallowed most of a backyard.

“It’s nonstop. Flooding anything and everything out,” said Brian Capwell.

Some homes needed plywood just for folks to get across the sidewalk and to their cars.

“I’d like to see them repair it as quickly as possible. I feel pretty fortunate that it didn’t go into my basement or my garage, so I don’t really have any cleanup. Unfortunately, I just don’t have any water,” said Bridget Morrissey.

Pennsylvania American Water has been busy over the last several days. Another water main break happened in Kingston Tuesday. It took crews about three days to restore water to most homes and businesses impacted by it.  Then, on Thursday, two valves started leaking water in south Wilkes-Barre.

Now those impacted by the water main break in Scranton just want the water woes to stop.

“We would like fresh water to shower and make coffee or tea,” said Bower.

A water tanker is available at South Webster Avenue and East Locust Street.

Crews from Pennsylvania American Water say running water should return back to everyone affected sometime Sunday night.