CARRICK (KDKA) — A major water main break in Carrick has shut down several road and closed schools and businesses across the South Hills Friday morning.
What looked like raging rapids gushed down streets for hours, impacting roads, homes, businesses, schools and more. The water was finally shut off around 11:30 a.m., six-and-a-half hours after it began to gush.
A Penn American Water spokesperson tells KDKA’s Amy Wadas that crews are assessing the situation. Penn American Water has released the following statement to its customers that includes details of a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory:
“Pennsylvania American Water crews are working to restore service to affected areas as quickly as possible following a water main break this morning that is causing low pressure and water outages in your area. We currently do not have a timeline for restoration, but we will contact you again with an update when more information is available.
“In the meantime, the company has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for customers in your area due to low system pressure and low system storage. When service is restored, water should be boiled for a minimum of one minute before consumption and food preparation until further notice.”
I just spoke to the spokesperson with @paamwater, and he told me they are still assessing the situation with this water main break. He said he will have more info later this morning. pic.twitter.com/wnrvO8rG7q
— Amy Wadas (@AmyWadas) September 20, 2019
According to Allegheny County’s Twitter feed, crews have isolated the break and restoration is underway. They expect service to be back to normal in about two to three hours, then the Boil Water Advisory will be in place for 48 hours following the final restorations.
We have been advised that the @paamwater break in Carrick has been isolated and the system will begin to be restored. Water service is expected to return back to normal in 2-3 hours. Once that occurs, a boil water advisory will remain in effect for 48 hours after restoration.
— Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) September 20, 2019
These municipalities are under the advisory:
- Baldwin Borough
- Baldwin Township
- Bethel Park
- Castle Shannon
- City of Pittsburgh
- Jefferson Borough
- Mount Lebanon
- Mount Oliver
- North Fayette
- Upper Saint Clair
- Pleasant Hills
- Rosslyn Farms
- Scott Township
- South Fayette
- South Park
- West Allegheny County Muncipal Authority
- West Homestead
- West Mifflin
Penn American Water is also setting up water buffaloes in several locations for all those impacted. They will be set up by 3 p.m. and customers will need to bring their own containers.
- Bethel Park Fire Department: 5213 Brightwood Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102
- Bethel Park Fire Department: 1100 Clifton Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102
- Castle Shannon Fire Department: 3600 Library Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
- Dormont Fire Department: 1455 Hillsdale Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
- Greentree Fire Department: 825 Poplar St, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
- Heidelberg Fire Department: 456 1st St, Carnegie, PA 15106
- Ingram Municipal Building: 40 W Prospect Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
- South Fayette Municipal Building: 515 Millers Run Rd, Morgan, PA 15064
- Upper St. Clair Municipal Building: 1820 McLaughlin Run Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
For more information, visit this link.
Over at St. Clair Hospital and its Outpatient Center in Bethel Park, they are also experiencing low water pressure. However, officials say the hospital maintains a secondary water supply and all operations are continuing as normal.
While Penn American Water services the line, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority says they are offering “support via our interconnection with their system to help restore service to our neighbors in the south.”
Please note this morning’s large water main break in Carrick is in the @paamwater water system. We’re offering support via our interconnection with their system to help restore service to our neighbors in the south.
— Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (@pgh2o) September 20, 2019
The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department is telling residents to avoid the area near 400 block of Agnew Avenue and Becks Run Road. They say it is a 24-inch main that broke.
Penn American officials still working to shut off water at this major water main break in Carrick. Avoid area. https://t.co/tygJmmZwpv pic.twitter.com/RFtDAP4sbE
— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) September 20, 2019
East Agnew Avenue is shut down at Dowling Street to Becks Run Road, and Becks Run Road is closed between Brownsville Road and East Carson Street.
Glass Run Road and Redrose Avenue are also impacted.
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Pittsburgh Police, firefighters and EMS have had to rescue several people and pets from homes surrounded by the high water. Public Safety officials say all residents are accounted for as the rescues and evacuations continue.
They have also cut power to the area for safety reasons.
Multiple agencies are on scene. All residents are accounted for. Two rescues and multiple assisted evacuation. Situation still developing. https://t.co/pMnQ7ZPmkX pic.twitter.com/jWseZSCHrp
— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) September 20, 2019
For that, Duquesne Light crews are on the scene.
A company spokesperson issued this statement about the situation: “Duquesne Light is aware of and actively responding to the water main break in Carrick. As a safety precaution, crews have proactively turned the power off to 27 customers affected by the incident. Once Penn American Water isolates the issue, Duquesne Light crews will work as quickly and safely as possible to repair poles damaged by the incident and restore power to all affected customers.”
Several schools have also had to shut down due to water problems, including Keystone Oaks School District and St. Bernard’s in Mount Lebanon.
The Red Cross is also on the scene, helping the residents impacted and evacuated.
— Lindsay Ward (@LindsayWardTV) September 20, 2019
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.