'It's a huge inconvenience': Businesses dealing with aftermath of Center City water main break

Some people are still feeling the impact of Tuesday's water main break in Center City.

Hadas Kuznits
July 06, 2018 - 6:59 pm
Center City Water Main Break

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The mess may be all cleaned up, but some people are still feeling the residual effects of Tuesday's water main break in Center City.

Tenants in the Philadelphia Building along Walnut Street have been temporarily displaced by the water main break. Among those impacted is Evan Urbania, CEO of Chatterblast Media. His company is headquartered in the building, and now he's dealing with the aftermath.

"The water main break flooded the sub-basement of The Philadelphia Building and in there is all the switch gear and transformers for the building and so there's no service there," Urbania said. "It's a huge inconvenience, obviously. We lose productivity, we don't have the ability to get to our systems, our financial servers our down. 

In the meantime, Urbania has rented office sharing space for him and his team.

"The whole building is closed and tenants are not able to access it," he said. "They are letting tenants in to allow them to retrieve personal items one by one."

Urbania says his company is making do, but understands the problem is far reaching and that there are other businesses that aren't as lucky.

"I think a lot of them have much bigger inconveniences and hardships, especially retail," he said. "There's a salon, there's a restaurant, there's a printing company that lost a lot of assets and inventory and jobs, so this is a big deal for a lot of businesses."

Urbania says he was hoping to get his team back into the office by Monday, but at this point he's not feeling too optimistic about that happening.