NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Northeast Philadelphia residents spent their Tuesday cleaning up mud, water, and ice left behind by a large water main break overnight.
The break impacted dozens of homes in the middle of bitter cold winter night,
Residents near Medford and Minden Roads were woken up to water flowing through their streets and into some of their homes.
"It was 3 a.m., there was water rushing into my basement," homeowner Thomas Gares told FOX 29’s Dawn Timmeney.
Gares waded through several inches of mud and water that were part of the mess left behind in his finished basement after an 8-inch water main broke on the 1200 block of Minden Street.
"I thought it was a toilet running or a sink, I came downstairs, there was a foot of water in my basement," Gares recalled.
Neighbor Janet Blatchford says she heard a loud bang and then water came rushing down her driveway and into her home in like a raging river.
"The water was just coming in was just coming in, I mean it was pouring in, coming up from the ground, there was nothing you could do," she explained.
The whole downstairs of her home was left soggy and covered in mud.
Other residents faced other types of damage including replacing washers, dryers, and potentially heaters and cars.
Water department crews remained at the scene all day in brutal conditions to work on repairing the main.
Officials say approximately 125 homes across two blocks are affected.
Philly’s latest water main victim is Tome Gares. His Cadillac in flooded front driveway won’t start&his high end man cave where he watches Eagles in style got flooded&ruined in back of his home at corner of Medford&Minden Streets. One of 125 NE Philly homes affected @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/s0Kx8TJY0F— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) January 2, 2018
Life’s a beach here in Northeast Philadelphia where the sand&mud on street&sidewalks are higher than the curb, one block down from the latest water main burst, leaving a high mud mark on car tires instead of high watermark here along Medford Road @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/e8zpnEy8g0— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) January 2, 2018