Water main break leads to flooding on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia

A water main break late Wednesday night caused a large area of flooding on a highly trafficked roadway in Northeast Philadelphia.

Water began gushing onto Roosevelt Boulevard near Southampton Road around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The water main was eventually shut off, but not before flooding caused the roadway to become dangerous for motorists.

The saturated ground caused a large tree to topple over and block the outer lanes of the boulevard. The groundswell of water churned up mud and caused the roadway to be closed overnight. 

As of Wednesday morning, only the inner lanes remain open due to the downed tree and debris left from the dried water.

SEPTA has posted a temporary detour asking bus 1 and 14 riders to board at Roosevelt and Bennett Road, or on Southhampton and McNelty.


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