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The work to solve Philadelphia water main break can take months

PHILADELPHIA – City officials say that work on the repair of a 48-inch water main that burst and flooded part of the city of Philadelphia in the streets can take several months.

Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio said the intersection where the water pipe is cracked would remain closed until the work is finished. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports repairs are wider excavation of a sink hole opened up after the water main break.

DiGiulio says that the cause of the rupture will not be known until the key is removed and tested.

The early Tuesday break spilled about 15 million litres of water in the streets around the intersection, knocking out electricity to several homes and businesses in the area.

There is no estimate yet of the cost of the damage caused by the water.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer http://www.inquirer.com

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