PITTSBURGH – A massive water main break Friday morning flooded a Pittsburgh road, closed schools and had crews with swift water rescue gear pulling people from homes.
East Agnew Avenue in the area of Becks Run Road in the city’s Carrick neighborhood was ripped apart by rushing water.
>>RELATED: Under a boil water advisory? Here’s what you need to know
East Agnew Avenue and Dowling Street are closed to Becks Run Road. Becks Run Road is closed from Brownsville Road to East Carson Street because of debris.
East Agnew Street will be closed for several days, and Becks Run Road is not expected to be open for Friday’s evening commute.
The approved detour for Becks Run is Carson Street to Glass Run Road to Churchview Avenue to Brownsville Road and back to Becks Run.
The water rushed toward homes, filling basements and backyards. Firefighters said the water was 6 feet deep in some yards. Three homes were seriously damaged and there were about 10 homes impacted by the water.
The water gushed for about six hours before crews were able to shut it off, officials said.
SCHOOL, BUSINESS EARLY DISMISSALS & CLOSINGS
PHOTOS: Water gushes through Carrick after massive water main break
Crews had swift water rescue gear as they checked on people who live in the area. Three people and several animals were rescued, police said.
A woman and her daughter woke up to water shooting into their doors and windows, their basement flooding and the ceiling caving in. The 78-year-old mother was carried out a back door by firefighters.
RAW VIDEO: Woman rescued from home
“We were praying. We were so scared. It was the scariest thing that ever happened to me in my life. It was so horrible. Water gushing at you. We didn’t know what happened,” Rose Gitzen, who was rescued, said.
Power was cut in the area because of compromised power poles, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety.
— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) September 20, 2019
Pennsylvania American Water officials said the break, which was reported about 5 a.m., occurred in a 24-inch line.
Officials said the water main break left a hole in the road that is about 25 feet deep and 20 feet wide.
Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said there were early communication issues with Penn-American regarding setting up the emergency response command center.
The Red Cross said a team is providing assistance to people impacted by the water main break. Agency officials said they were assisting 8 adults and four children.
SCHOOL, BUSINESS EARLY DISMISSALS & CLOSINGS
The Keystone Oaks School District, Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Mt. Lebanon School District, Brentwood Borough School District, Bethel Park’s Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and St. Bernard School are closed because of the water main break. Ten schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools district are also closed: Beechwood PreK-5, Brookline PreK-8, Banksville PreK-5, Carrick High School, Concord PreK-5, Carmalt PreK-8, Pioneer, Roosevelt PreK-5, South Brook 6-8 and West Liberty PreK-5.
The Carlynton School District is dismissing students early.
Carrick High School’s homecoming has been rescheduled for Nov. 1.
You can customize your WPXI News App to receive alerts to breaking news. CLICK HERE to find out how.
Working to get you guys a better pic. Here’s a look at the water rushing down the street in Carrick from that water main break along East Agnew in area of Becks Run. I’ll have a new live update for you from the #BREAKINGNEWS desk @ 5:45. pic.twitter.com/GYtSPdz0UR
— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) September 20, 2019
Nearly the entire South Hills area and parts of the city of Pittsburgh are under a boil-water advisory due to the break. PA American Water said this includes over 30 boroughs:
- Baldwin Borough
- Baldwin Township
- Bethel Park
- Castle Shannon
- City of Pittsburgh
- Green Tree
- Jefferson Borough
- Mount Lebanon
- Mount Oliver
- North Fayette
- Upper Saint Clair
- Pleasant Hills
- Rosslyn Farms
- Scott Township
- South Fayette
- South Park
- West Mifflin
- West Allegheny Muncipal Authority
- West Homestead
The water company said starting at 3 p.m. tankers will be available at the following locations:
- Baldwin Borough Municipal Building: 3344 Churchview Avenue, Baldwin Borough, Pa
- Bethel Park Community Center: Brightwood Road, Bethel Park, Pa
- Bethel Park Fire Dept. – 1100 Clifton Road., Bethel Park
- Brentwood Fire Dept. – Brownsville Road. at Park Drive, Pittsburgh
- Brookline Recreation Center, 1400 Oakridge Street, Pittsburgh Pa
- Castle Shannon Fire Department: 3600 Library Road, Pittsburgh, Pa
- Dormont Fire Department: 1455 Hillsdale Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa
- Fire Station 23 – 1703 Brownsville Road., Carrick
- Green Tree Fire Department: 825 Poplar Street, Pittsburgh, Pa
- Heidelberg Fire Dept. – 456 1st Street, Carnegie
- Ingram Municipal Bldg. – 40 W. Prospect Avenue, Pittsburgh
- Munhall Municipal Bldg. – 1900 West Street, Homestead, Pa
- South Fayette Municipal Building: 515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, Pa
- Upper St. Clair Municipal Building: 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Pittsburgh, Pa
- West Mifflin Municipal Building, 1020 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, Pa
The water company advises people to not drink the water right out of the tap. Bring it to a rolling boil for one minute and let it cool before using. They also advise using bottled water too. This applies to drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation.
Getting updates on massive Penn American water break affecting southern Allegheny County & city of Pittsburgh. Early description is catastrophic in scope.
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) September 20, 2019
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers are not impacted by the Penn-American boil-water advisory.
Reminder – Our drinking water customers (shaded in blue on map below) are not impacted by the Penn American Water Company Boil Advisory in Allegheny County. https://t.co/DuaanZXZvA
— Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (@pgh2o) September 20, 2019
© 2019 Cox Media Group.