Homeowners forced out by huge water main break get notice about fines

Cemetery offers mother, daughter temporary place to stay after massive water main break

PITTSBURGH — A massive pipe broke open last month, flooding one family's neighborhood and causing water issues for hundreds of thousands of people in the South Hills.

Wendy and Rose Gitzen, homeowners on East Agnew Avenue, said they can't live at their home anymore because it was condemned due to the raging water.

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They said they received a notice from the city that said they could face fines if they did not fix their home by the end of the month. After a re-inspection on Oct. 28, they would be forced to pay up to $1,000 per day.

Pennsylvania American Water issued a statement, saying their representatives have "been on site daily and are working as quickly as possible."

The City of Pittsburgh added that the notices were automated, and they don't enforce them in these unique cases.

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