Water from treatment plant floods Arlington homes
Posted on October 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:32 PM
ARLINGTON — Some Arlington homeowners were dealing with a real mess on Wednesday.
A water main broke at the Pierce Burch Treatment Plant, flooding three nearby homes. The water (which, fortunately, had already been treated) got up to ankle-deep in one residence.
It was a rude and wet surprise for the three families. Home video showed torrents of water gushing over a low retaining wall and down the hill into the homes on Hillside Drive.
"I happened to look out the door and saw water coming 90 miles and hour down the hill," said Carol Cash.
The water swept through and around the Cash home and across the street into another residence.
"We had to dam up our front door with a comforter and a bed to stop the water from coming in," Matt Tyszka said. "It was pretty intense!"
Tyszka discovered the floodwater when he stepped into his sunken living room... and sank ankle-deep.
"I took my first step... Spsshh! Splash! I was like, 'that's not normal,' and we just freaked out," he said. "I looked out front and the neighbors were out... the whole road's full of water."
Floodwaters poured into the next house down the hill as well.
The city sent workers and contractors to suck out the water and remove damaged carpet, but there's still a lot of work ahead.
Bill and Carol Cash said water from the treatment plant has flooded their property three times now.
One resident told News 8 the city has assured them they'll pay for damage from the broken water line.
Another family said they want a buy-out, because they say they've had water multiple times... but never this bad.
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