Law allows water authority to avoid paying damages in water main break – WTAE Pittsburgh

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HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

A water main break caused nearly $40,000 damage to a Westmoreland County home, but the local water authority is refusing to pay the family anything for damages.

And the law may be on the authority’s side.

With only a few exceptions, Pennsylvania government agencies — including water authorities — are immune from most damage claims.

So if your house is flooded because of a water main break you may be out of luck.

Water shot at the Rodgers home on Seminole Drive in Hempfield Township after a main burst in July.

Amy Rodgers said she worried about her family’s safety.

“The rock and stone started to shoot at us so we took the kids and we ran in the house,” she said.

Water pooling at the Rodgers home in Hempfield Township during a water main break.

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County admits it took…

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