Water main break swamps Ohio neighborhood

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 9:07 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A broken water main swamped an Akron neighborhood, submerging cars, flooding basements and washing away foundations.

Some residents who ventured onto the streets of the West Hill neighborhood ended up on the tops of their cars to avoid the rising waters.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/10YL1oV ) that the 36-inch water main broke Thursday evening, and flooding carved deep ruts into pavement and left behind a thick layer of mud.

Fire Lt. Jeff Schueller, a member of the Akron Fire Department's dive team, tells the paper a boat was used to evacuate as many as 11 people from two homes that took the brunt of the flooding.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says no one was injured but loss of property might be significant.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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