A major water-main break near 21st and Bainbridge Streets in Philadelphia on Sunday night forced the evacuation of three to four blocks of residents, city officials said.
Homes in a wider swath of South Philadelphia and Center City lost all or most of their water pressure.
Water in the area of the break was shut off as evacuees were being taken to the E.M. Stanton School at 17th and Christian Streets by the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Around 8 p.m., neighbors began reporting seeing steam coming up through manholes, followed by gushing water.
Raheem Foster, 32, who lives in the neighborhood, said he saw steam rising from a half-dozen manhole covers. He said the water started coming up "like a river going down 21st Street."