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Boil water advisory, evacuations after Harrisburg water main break

Boil water advisory, evacuations after Harrisburg water main break

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -For the second time this week, a water main break is causing headaches in the City of Harrisburg.

Dispatchers said water is leaking underneath and onto the road in the area of the 1500-block of South Cameron Street. City Councilwoman Sandra Reid tweeted that 20 feet of pipe needs to be replaced as a result of the leak.

It was first reported at around 10:30 Saturday night.

Residents of several blocks along South Cameron Street were without water, according to police. Water was restored to residents of South Harrisburg at around 11 a.m. on Sunday. People living in the Hall Manor housing development, as well as those living in several sections of Allison Hill, told abc27 they too experienced disruptions.

In a tweet just before 12 a.m. on Sunday, Reid said a boil water advisory has been issued for the South Harrisburg section of the city -- that includes all homes on Paxton Street from the city line to 13th Street, 1100-1900 South Cameron Street and the housing projects.

Jessica Zecher of The Red Cross reported that nine residents from three homes have been placed in local hotels after being evacuated. The Red Cross has also gone door to door in the area handing out bottled water.

Reid tweeted certain homes along the 1600-block of South Cameron Street have four feet of water in their basement. PPL was on scene assessing whether power should be cut.

Dauphin County Control is asking residents not to call 911 to report water outages. There is no word on how long it will take public works crews to repair.

Cameron Street remains closed from Magnolia to Elliot Streets.

On Tuesday night, a break occurred on the 600-block of North Cameron Street, causing water to flood the pavement. In that case, city engineers traced the issue to an eight-inch pipe that froze during the evening rush.


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