Snow, cold cause damage in Philadelphia

The latest snowstorm to hit Philadelphia caused some damage.
Credit: Charles Mostoller/Metro

Water gushed from a broken water main overnight in Oxford Circle hours after an old Brewerytown building collapsed under the weight of the latest snowstorm to hit the Philadelphia region.

An 8-inch water main broke about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday under a sidewalk near the outer southbound lanes to Roosevelt Boulevard, near Unruh Avenue, NBC10 reported. It took Philadelphia Water Department workers several hours to stop the water flowing out of the busted main because of snow covering the shutoff valve.

The gushing water forced officials to shut down the boulevard from Knorr Street to Unruh Avenue in the hours leading up to the morning rush. Buildings in the area were also without water as PWD crews worked to repair the damaged main.

The weight of the wet snow that blanketed the Philadelphia region Monday caused a building on the 1600 block of North 26th Street, in Brewerytown, to collapse about 8 p.m., 6ABC Action News reported.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Philadelphia for 11 p.m. Tuesday through 9 a.m. Wednesday, forecasting snow, sleet, and freezing rain.


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