Neighborhood's Day: Water Main Break, Tree Falls, Power Outage

By: Malorie Maddox, Brian Mastre Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Brian Mastre Email

Normally, a water main break is a nuisance, something to drive around and that's it. But Sunday, one caused some serious mayhem in one Omaha neighborhood.

It happened quickly, first the water and then the mud at 60th and Patterson. “Probably a foot of water and dirt inside and all the water is in the car,” said Liza Chavarria.

"I came outside and my front yard, back yard and garage was a massive pool of water," said Kristyn Lucas.

That wasn't all. “It was crazy." Erosion from the rushing water made a 60-year-old tree topple like a toothpick. “I saw the sparks and everything and thought, oh my goodness." Fortunately, it crashed into power lines and not into a home. “It is bad. I didn't think it would be this bad." Several homes were without water and had no power.

Before any work could be done on the broken pipe, crews were needed to cut down the tree. While homeowners waited for that, MUD did what it could with all the mud.

The tree was removed Sunday night. At the height of the water main break, 35 homes were without water. MUD is hoping to have it fixed by 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

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