A water main break, the third in the city in 11 days, is causing havoc in North Philadelphia this morning, flooding streets around Front and Tioga Streets.
Officials have closed the streets in the area to traffic.
Reports of the main erupting started coming in about 7:45 a.m. as water gushed south along Front Street, flooding nearby basements and leaving a gaping hole in the street.
John DiGiulio, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department, said it appears a 48-inch main broke under the street.
DiGiulio said crews were sent to the scene and had to turn off water service to neighboring residents and businesses.