Water main break floods Mesa apartments, family evacuates through window

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MESA, Ariz. -- Two families had to climb out the windows of their apartments after a water main broke at a Mesa apartment complex Thursday morning.

Crews converged on the complex in the area of Main Street and Dobson Road at about 3 a.m. Three hours later, the water was still flowing.

Firefighters brought in a pump to try and clear out the water.

"Immediately, we went into an evacuation mode," said Capt. Derek Williams of the Mesa Fire Department.

At least two apartments that are below ground level were flooded. One of those units was for rent, but a family of five lives in the unit next door. Those residents were not able to open their front door because of all the water.

"Water just came rushing right in," said that resident, who had to evacuate with his wife and their three children. The only way out was through a back bedroom window.

In addition pumping the water to a retention basin, firefighters have been digging small dikes to control the direction of the water flow.

Firefighters and the apartment's maintenance man have turned off every water valve they could find, but the water continued to flow.

The Mesa Water Department's emergency crew is on the scene to try and find the location of the break. They were finally able to get the water shut off and were working to repair the pipe.

Crews were cleaning the flooded apartments.

The entire apartment complex is without water until the repairs can be completed.

While there is some extensive damage, no injuries were reported.