Water Main Break Backs Up Traffic at Main Street, Green Lane

Traffic backed up due to malfunction.

An 8-inch water main break occurred late Wednesday afternoon, closing traffic on Main Street in Manayunk.

The incident happened near Main and Green Lane, near the bridge leading to I-76. Nine commercial properties have water in their basements, the Philadelphia Water Department said.

PWD spokesperson Laura Copeland said the epicenter was at 4445 Main St., in front of the 

The road was closed on Main Street from Green to Levering streets. Police directed traffic up Green Lane and down Main Street to Leverington Avenue.

Water department crews successfully turned off the main around 5 p.m. The water level almost immediately receded.

The Business Side

The majority of Main Street was unaffected by the break. Even toward Green Lane, businesses like , and avoided water.

"I was installing a new lock on our bathroom, and I look out and see this rush of water," deli owner Craig Dice said.

His business was fine, but he had to help , which took on some water.

Anthony Giordano of wasn't as lucky.

"I closed yesterday to do some kitchen renovations. And of course today this happens. If I had only known," he said.

He hoped to reopen Wednesday, as both the 76ers and the Phillies are playing.

On Twitter, businesses ,  and gave their updates about the Manayunk flood. The music shop shared a photo on Facebook

Main Street Music was right in the middle of the water main break. In addition, , the U.S. Post Office, and were impacted.


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