Queen Village businesses still struggling after July water main break – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The nightmare on Bainbridge Street continues. A massive water main break flooded homes and businesses on 6th and Bainbridge streets last July.
Months later, the street and sidewalks are still torn as repairs drag on.
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“There is still water in the fixture,” said Adam Volk.
Volk scoured CBS3 in the gutted basement of his new restaurant, Redcrest Kitchen, on Bainbridge Street. It sits right where the old Bainbridge Barrel House stood in Queen Village.
“The water was actually completely above the ceiling. It was over 10 feet and came into the dining room,” Volk said.
His opening dream was swept away after a massive water main break. He says 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of water rushed inside. That was July 2021 and now, months later, he’s still struggling.
“There are several restaurants in this neighborhood that were battling COVID and trying to navigate their way through something like this happening is just devastating,” he said.
Volk assumed his insurance would cover him, but it was denied.
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“Without the support of the insurance company and without the city stepping in to help us, it’s kind of just sitting around and waiting to try and raise money,” he said.
Volk’s last avenue for fundraising – a GoFundMe page.
But since he works on the inside, that’s what the outside looks like. He says even if he opened it would be a challenge.
“The fact that the road is still not a usable, passable space is absolutely going to wreck havoc on any business here,” he said.
Eyewitness News contacted the water department and we were told that repairs like this are time consuming and complicated, but they hope to be completed in April as planned.
A spokesman said: ‘It appears we are on track to have all utility works completed and the road repaired by the estimated completion date. However, with complex projects like this involving very large water main breaks and dense infrastructure below the street, there can be unexpected delays. ”
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Although it’s been an extremely long road, Volk hopes to open Redcrest Kitchen in April or May.