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Center City floods after water main break

SEPTA shut down bus lines and the city shut down roads

Photo by Philly by Drone

A water main break has flooded Center City Philadelphia, stopping traffic and causing transit problems

The break was reported around 4 a.m., and Philly’s water department said they had shut it down at around 7:30 a.m., according to a report from

But the damage was already done. The break affected lanes from Locust to Chestnut streets and from Broad to 12th, according to the site.

At 5:30 a.m., SEPTA officials sent out a notice warning travelers that bus routes 9, 12, 21, 23, 42 and 45 are being detoured today due to the flooding. The city’s two subway lines and Regional Rail are unaffected, according to SEPTA.

The area was drying out around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, but several streets are still closed until further notice, including Sansom from Broad to 12th; Juniper, 12th, and 13th from Chestnut to Locust; and Walnut from 11th to Broad, according to 6abc.

The city has not identified the cause of the 48-inch transmission main break.

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