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Fort Worth Homeowner Cleans Up After Water Main Break

Break sent water gushing toward the house



    (Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013)

    The cleanup efforts continued Wednesday for a Fort Worth woman after a massive water main break Tuesday severely damaged her home.

    A 10-inch pipe burst Tuesday evening sent water gushing straight into the house of 78-year-old Ann Patrick.

    On Tuesday night, it took crews an hour to shut it down but by then, the damage was done.

    Patrick lost many of her prized baseball autographs in the soggy aftermath from stars like Sandy Koufax and Dizzy Dean.

    The Fort Worth water department has said the city's risk management department will decide who will pay for the damages.

    The city says pipes along Walton Avenue from Woodway Drive to Westcreek Drive were already slated to be replaced later this summer that will now happen sooner.

    "Normally we don't start construction until after those public meetings but we've been in touch with the contractor and they’re going to have them start on July 1st," said Mary Gugliuzza, a spokeswoman with the Fort Worth Water Department.

    Crews are still looking into what caused the pipe to burst in the first place.

    "People want water in their homes and just like I said private plumbing breaks and our plumbing breaks from time to time," Gugliuzza said.