Water main break floods home, forces water shut-off in Central Phx. neighborhood

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Nearly two dozen homes were without water after a water main broke in Central Phoenix Thursday morning.

It happened at about 4 a.m. in the neighborhood of Fourth Place and Berridge Lane, which is just northeast of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

There was some speculation initially that the break might have been related to the monsoon storm that caused Valleywide flooding earlier this week, but repair crews told the homeowner that was not the case, at least not directly.

Video from the scene showed water gushing from the pipe before the city shut off the valve. That process took about two hours. Not only were yards in the area flooded, several inches of water flowed into one home.

The homeowner said he had just finished drying out his home from Monday's flooding.

He also told 3TV's Heidi Goitia that crews explained to him how heavy rain like we received Monday can cause the roots of trees to swell and push into underground water pipes, which means weather might have played in indirect role in the water main break.

By 7:30 a.m., the water had started to recede.

No injuries were reported, but about 20 dozen homes were without water while crews made the necessary repairs.