Businesses near water main break reopen, but long road of repairs ahead

Crews are trying to assess how to fix a 20-foot-deep hole in the street.

Mike DeNardo
July 05, 2018 - 1:45 pm
Center City Water Main Break

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Businesses near Tuesday's massive Center City water main break are re-opening, while utility crews continue the long job of repairing the huge hole in the street. 

Near Juniper and Sansom streets, electricity, water and gas services are mostly restored, as crews assess the infrastructure damage around the 20-foot-deep hole in the intersection.  

The Philadelphia Water Department set up a tent at the site where affected businesses can begin the process of possible reimbursement for their losses.

"Sharing information with them as well as helping them if they need to file claims and the information they need and just walking through and answering any questions they might have," explained Water Commissioner Debra McCarty.

McCarty said it may be months before the main is fully repaired.  

At 13th and Sansom streets, Tredici restaurant manager Axel Robertson said his eatery is open again.

"We lost power and gas for the last two days," he recalled. "I think everything came back on yesterday morning-afternoon, and just kind of cleaning everything up."

He added that Zavino across the street wasn't so fortunate — with 3 feet of water in its basement.