Water Main Break Floods 3 Homes

Water flooding into homes was treated water

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Oct 27, 2011  |  Updated 5:28 PM CDT
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Arlington residents who have flooding damage due to a water main break on Wednesday say they're fed up with the city's response.

Mola Lenghi, Arlington Journalist

Arlington residents who have flooding damage due to a water main break on Wednesday say they're fed up with the city's response.

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A water main break in west Arlington flooded three homes Wednesday afternoon.

Michelle Rice, with the city of Arlington, said a 27-inch water main at the Pierce Burch Treatment plant, which is adjacent to the neighborhood, broke at about 9:45 a.m. and flooded three homes on the 4500 block of Hillside Drive.

"I was working at my computer and looked out the door and saw water coming 90 miles per hour down the hill," said resident Caroll Cash.

Cash said this was not the first time her home has been flooded and that this was the third time this year that a water main break at the facility has at least reached her yard.

"You never know what's going to happen.  I mean, it's nervewracking to me at this point," said Cash.

The water rose to about 3 inches and filled all of Cash's home but two bedrooms.   This time, it also flooded the homes of two of her neighbors.

"I've never seen anything like it," Cash said.

Cash said that because of the flooding problem she is unable to sell her home.  She is trying to work with the city to have them buy her property.

An email to NBC 5 said some of the homes may have also been contaminated by sewage, but Rice refuted that claim and said all of the water was treated water.

The cause of the break is being investigated and the city is helping two of the families find temporary housing.

NBC 5's Mola Lenghi contributed to this report.

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