Ruptured water main floods Trenton neighborhood

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Ruptured water main floods Trenton neighborhood. Annie McCormick reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on May 6, 2017.

A Trenton, New Jersey neighborhood was flooded by a broken water main on Saturday morning.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. when a 24-inch main broke along Garfield and Walnut avenues.

There's a four block radius that's affected.

Firefighters arrived and began knocking on residents' doors to let them know.

One resident told Action News there was about five feet of water in her basement.

Resident Martha Black said, "All of a sudden I heard this noise that said boom! And then I wondered what's going on."

"We have the problem isolated. Once we can get the water dissipated, we can have the contractors start repairing the water main," said Trenton Public Works Director Merkle Cherry.

Basements and cars were left flooded.

"My car was flooded. I was knee deep," said Kiersten Williams.

Some neighbors had to temporarily leave their homes.

Late Saturday afternoon, most of the water had receded. Crews were able to pull the broken main out of the ground.

They also had to fix a damaged sewer line, but managed to get the water back on.

City employees say residents will need to be patient while crews make the necessary repairs to the water main.

Crews are expected back on Sunday to finish up the work.


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