Broken water main floods Tempe neighborhood

A broken water main has flooded a Tempe neighborhood.
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Thousands of gallons of water poured from a broken water main in Tempe Friday morning.
 
SkyFox Was over the scene just minutes after it happened.
 
But turning off this water was no easy task. It took crew four hours to finally shut down the line.
 
The break was at Malibu and Oak Street. Eastbound lanes of Southern Avenue are closed between Dorsey and Butte.
 
Water spills through the Tempe neighborhood. It was an instant river, water running in the street but not in some people's houses.
 
"I got up to take a shower at nine and there was no water in the apartment. It was all out here. Yes, all over," said Andrea Wentz, a Tempe resident. 
 
Repair crews rushed to the scene but was no easy task stopping the leak. Cars had to detour and soon the street was submerged.
 
FOX 10's Steve Krafft was on the scene with more details.
 
Water headed to Tom Koniar's house in Tempe.
 
"Yeah that water was everywhere. I had to move one car right there and the mud went over my feet. It was that bad, pretty nasty," said Koniar.
 
"And the water, we were getting nervous the water was coming up to get into the house. We were a little nervous about that."
 
But repair crews stopped the leak. Next step: fixing the broken water main.
 
Crew are trying to determine approximately how much water leaked out.
 
No injuries and no flood damage was reported.

 


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