Some Kingsessing residents still without heat, running water week after water main burst – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – More than a week after a water main broke in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Philadelphia, some people still have no heat or running water.

While gas and water are fully restored to the area, some people are still struggling and looking for answers. Their houses are just across a hole left by the main break.

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“We have on our hoodies and our hats and stuff like that,” Sonya Shired said.

Since the Kingsessing water main broke, she says she has no heat. Not only has water flooded her basement, but now she’s doing everything in her power to stay warm at night.

“We have heaters here and electric blankets that we use,” Shired said.

Philadelphia Gas Works says the entire area is operational and the gas lines have been fully restored.

But for Shired, it seems she has a deeper problem with her heater that no one seems able to fix. She says the city and the owner have tried several times.

“The gas company and the water utility said they did everything they could to get the owner to bring in a contractor,” Shired said.

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A few doors down the street is Phillip Robinson. He says he still has no water.

“I have to survive. I’m 65 and I have nowhere to go,” Robinson said.

Eyewitness News contacted the water department and a spokesperson said they would personally try to contact Robinson.

In the meantime, cleanup and repairs are ongoing and this street horror still remains.

Although it is not easy to fix the huge water main, residents say they never thought they would find themselves in this situation.

“I didn’t realize how old the pipes and stuff was in Philadelphia,” Shired said.

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If you personally have a problem, contact the Water Department or Philadelphia Gas Works so they can contact you.

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