An underground line ruptured today along Forbes Avenue outside the County Office Building, Downtown, apparently sending water into the structure and upending part of the road's surface, according to emergency officials.
The Allegheny County 911 center said the break was reported just before 5 p.m. Crews including city firefighters cordoned off a stretch of Forbes between Grant Street and Sixth Avenue as county employees arrived to assess the damage.
Amie Downs, Allegheny County's director of communications, said water apparently entered the building's basement. Beyond that, she had no information on its extent or any potential damage from it. Emergency personnel reported that the fire suppression system was not functioning in the break's aftermath and that the building was being monitored by county personnel as a precaution.
Ms. Downs said crews have shut the water off, and a restoration company will assess the damage and advise on any possible repairs needed.
"We fully expect the office building will be open again Monday morning without any problem, but until the restoration crew gets there and the plumbers and public works (crews) have an opportunity to see what they are dealing with, we don't have a lot of other information," Ms. Downs said.
She had not information on what caused the break.
Bill Schackner: email@example.com or 412-263-1977.