Water main break closes Cameron Street in Harrisburg; some customers must boil water

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Some Capital Region Water customers will have to boil their drinking water after a water main break that closed part of Cameron Street.

The company said a boil water advisory will be issued to several customers on Cameron Street between Verbeke and Reily.

Water company crews worked through late morning and all afternoon Thursday digging up Cameron Street to try to find and fix the problem.

“I’ve been here for 43 years,” George Orth said. “I’ve seen it all in here.”

Even the water main break is nothing new for Orth, who manages Dayton Parts, a manufacturing company situated in front of the leak.

“I’ve seen major lines break, too, out here. I’ve been through floods and everything in here,” he said, watching water gush from the ground in front of the shop, which lost water completely.

“No water at all,” Orth said. “We survive, but a hot day like this you need water.”

Liquid spilled up through the ground, the road, the sidewalk. The cause remained a mystery when the pipe broke at Cameron and Calder streets before 11 a.m. Thursday.

Workers shut down Cameron Street from Herr Street all the way to Maclay.

“It’s a little bit of a pain in the rear end,” said one driver stuck in the traffic.

“Hopefully, I can get around this,” another said. “I don’t even know where I’m going this way.”

“The whole street’s shut down,” Preshes King said. “I heard about it overflowing down on Cameron Street, so I’m going to keep my distance from over there.”

King, who lives in the William Howard Day homes near the break, is now under the boil water advisory until further notice, as are the rest of the homes.

Seven other properties between Reily and Verbeke streets are included.

“Just be careful drinking the water and make sure you boil it,” King said with a laugh after testing out her faucet.

Crews dug up the road looking for the source through the afternoon.

“We don’t have any estimate of when the repairs will be complete, but the crews will be out there until repairs are complete,” Capital Region Water community outreach manager Andrew Bliss said Thursday afternoon.

With water flowing into drains in front of him, Orth aimed to hydrate himself, his workers, and the machinery.

“Ice cold beer would do better,” he said, laughing. “We’ll deal with it. We always come out on top.”

Capital Region Water said Cameron Street will remain closed between Herr and Maclay until repairs are finished. Crews have shut down the water main to make repairs.

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