In West Philly, Hundreds of Homes Have Had No Gas for Days

The result of a broken water main.

NBC 10 reports that hundreds of homes in West Philly are without gas, thanks to a water main break over the weekend.

A 12-inch water main broke on 56th Street and Woodland Avenue on Saturday, initially affecting around 60 homes. But as Philadelphia Water Department employees worked on repairs, even more homes were impacted after officials determined that the break also caused a disruption to the natural gas line in the area.

Philadelphia Gas Works officials shut off service in the area to prevent water from flowing into the fuel lines. As a result, around 1,000 homes in a 15-block radius were without gas.

As of Tuesday night, 700 homes in the area remain without gas.

The Philadelphia Water Department hopes  to have a number of homes inspected by tonight so that service can be restored.