Posted: Sep 5, 2011 5:07 PM by John Romero
Updated: Sep 5, 2011 8:29 PM
Residents of an eastside Colorado Springs neighborhood will still be without water for several hours after a large water main break caused some big problems Monday afternoon. It happened around noon in a cul-de-sac at the corner of Murray and Darwin.
Streets split as gallons upon gallons of water flowed. A basement behind the area where the break happened flooded as well. Darrin Trujillo lives on Darwin. He says he could feel the main break. "I felt a rumble. Then it sounded like water was running so I checked the house to make sure there was no water leaking." he says, "I looked out the back door and there was a water geyser coming out of the cul-de-sac. It's just flowing like a river."
Just a few doors down Linda Clear heard it too. She immediately ran outside. "It looked like a big ol' gush of water coming out from underneath the ground." she explains, "My trash can went flying down the road with the water."
The majority of the street damage can be seen right in front of Linda's home. Her driveway was also partially ripped up by the rushing water. "My drive way... Water was just flowing over it." she says, "It caused it to break the cement in different areas of the house and the driveway."
Colorado Springs Utilities tells us the cause of the burst was likely due to old pipes. They say the pipes were laid in that area in the 1970's.