SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A water main break in Lackawanna County early Friday morning is leaving more than taps dry.
Just days before Christmas it’s also impacting traffic near one of the busiest shopping areas in the county.
The break happened around 7am on Business Route 6 eastbound and restricted traffic heading in the direction of Scranton going towards Dickson City.
Pennsylvania American Water, owner of the main, says the break in a ten-inch line was impacting about 500 homes and businesses in the area as of mid-day Friday.
Some of the residents of a nearby apartment complex noticed the issues as soon as they work up and tried to take a shower.
“I woke up and the water wasn’t working,” Omar Santos told Eyewitness News. “There was a little bit of pressure there, but it just turned off.”
With just a few days until Christmas, the break could slow down drivers looking to get to the Viewmont Mall. Some businesses already informed residents they had no water, while our cameras found “porta potties” being delivered to the mall itself.
“People are out moving today to get Christmas shopping done”, says Laurie Cishek of Factoryville. “It’s not going to be good!”.
The water company says water tankers are currently available at two locations, the parking lot of a nearby Sheetz as well at “Field and Stream”. Customers are asked to bring their own containers.
Officials say they have no estimate as of 11:30 am when repairs will be completed.