UPDATE: Water Main Break Disrupts Traffic, Closes Schools

Sixty-inch main opens up in Juniata section

Update: 11:41 am

Philly.com reports: “A number of Philadelphia schools were closing at 11:30 a.m. due to the water main break, the school district said. A complete list of schools closing is here.”

High Schools
Ben Franklin High School
Edison High School
Fels High School
Frankford High School
Franklin Learning Center
Lincoln High School
Masterman High School
Philadelphia Military Academy
PLA North


Middle Schools
Clemente Middle School
Feltonville Arts & Sciences
Meehan Middle School

Early Childhood Center
Rivera Early Childhood Center

Elementary Schools
Bache-Martin Elementary
Barton Elementary
Cramp Elementary
Deburgos Elementary
Dunbar Elementary
Elkin Elementary
Forrest Elementary
Hartranft Elementary
Hopkinson Elementary
John Marshall Elementary
Juniata Park Elementary
McClure Elementary
McKinley Elementary
Munoz-Marin Elementary
Potter Thomas Elementary
Sheridan Elementary
Sheppard Elementary
Solis Cohen Elementary
Spruance Elementary
Taylor Elementary
Thurgood Marshall Elementary
Waring Elementary
Welsh Elementary
Zeigler Elementary

[Original 11:13 am]

NBC 10 reports: "The 60-inch main broke around 9 a.m. at Frankford and Torresdale Avenues in the Juniata section of Philadelphia sending water bubbling up from the ground and leaving what looked like a couple feet worth of water."

CBS Philly adds:

Meanwhile, crews from the Philadelphia Water Department are shutting off feeder mains from as far as a mile away to try and stem the flow of thousands of gallons of water leaking from a large, 60-inch transmission main that ruptured near Frankford Avenue and Torresdale Avenue.

Widespread service disruptions are reported and streets in the neighborhood of the break are not passable.

SEPTA bus routes 5 and 56 are being detoured around the break.

CBS 3 is told 41 children from Nana’s Daycare were evacuated and taken to another Nana’s Daycare on the 4300 block of H Street, however that’s being evacuated due to the water main break.