Water Main Break Floods Nearby Homes

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POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 7:55pm

EL PASO- A water main broke overnight and has flooded neighbors and a nursery in the Upper Valley.

The water main break allowed a large water storage tank at the Lindbergh Booster Station to spill its contents onto the street, into yards and nearby properties.

The spill happened shortly after midnight on Monday and automatic sensors alerted EPWU system operators of the problem. Repair crews and water removal trucks were dispatched to the scene within an hour.

Resident Cindy Oporto says that it's the third time the neighborhood has been flooded from the faulty water line. "We're like their alarm system, we're the ones calling them to let them know that they need to come and fix it."

Apparently, neighbors have been faced with numerous damages to their homes from the flooding. They say EPWU only temporarily fixes the problem, cleans up most of the water, but then leaves the residents to pay for the repair of their homes. "They took out four trucks this morning but as you can see there's a lot of water left. And they haven't come back."

Karol Parker, the Public Affairs Manager for EPWU, says they do a lot to keep the lines in good shape and that this only happens once in a while. "We have a person on staff who actually went out and is meeting with these property owners, each of  them one by one and we are working with them to see what needs to be done and to take care of it."

According to the American Water Works Association, El Paso suffers 78% fewer water main breaks than the average American city.

Crews are expected to finish pumping out the water by end of day Monday. As a result, Charl Ann Drive remains closed and motorists are asked to avoid Lindbergh Avenue if possible.

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