Hydrant gushes for hours, floods man’s yard

Hydrant gushes for hours, floods man’s yard

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on April 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 12:33 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A fire hydrant left gushing for 17 hours flooded a man’s southeast Charlotte yard and could lead to his yard being torn up for storm water line repairs.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities left the hydrant on Bellows Lane on to flush a nearby stream after repairing a leaking manhole.

Several neighbors say they called to get the hydrant turned off.  CMUD didn’t turn it off until 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.

All that water went into a storm water line, which runs under Juan Aguirre’s house.  Aguirre said the line couldn’t handle that much water.   It flooded his yard, bubbled like a spring and caused small sinkholes.

"There are little puddles and pools of water just percolating, and then of course you push on it, the ground is actually moving around and it just gets worse,” Aguirre said.  "I just want it to be fixed.  I don't want my kids out here twisting an ankle in a hole or anything like that.”

CMUD says it has insurance for accidents that come up and will restore Aguirre's yard if needed.

Storm Water Services yearly homeowner fees covers the repair cost.

A crew checking the line said given how much water came out of the storm water line, it’s likely it will have to be replaced.

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