Broken water main triggers backups that flood some metro homes

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The cleanup continues in the aftermath of a water main break that was blamed for a sewage backup in some metro homes early Wednesday morning.

We’re told that when water started flowing from the broken main near 86th and Browne Street it flooded the street and flowed into the sewer system resulting in back-ups in plumbing that poured into some homes.

Kathryn Hardin said “Well, at first we really didn't know what to do. We were literally half asleep just running around like, ‘What do we do?’ and my husband is like, ‘Call somebody.’”

Kathryn Hardin's brother-in-law was sleeping in their basement when he realized something was terribly wrong.

Kathryn said, “He screamed upstairs, ‘There is water pouring out of the toilet,’ and I thought it was just overflowing.”

Video Hardin sent us shows that “overflowing” is an understatement.

“It was shooting out of the toilet and filled our shower.”

The Hardins’ basement had at least three inches of standing water. Sewage contaminated their brand new couch, furnace, and appliances. The value is too big a loss for Hardin to add up. “I don't know, ah, I'm really afraid to think about it.”

She's one of the few lucky ones who has a back door she could open letting the water escape. She said, even then, it was a mad rush to scrape out as much water as they could.

“We tried to hurry as fast as we could to get everything up and we really had no idea what to do. Because what do you do when sewer is pouring out of your toilet?”

The Hardins were able to warn their neighbors. They were two of the at least eight homes affected by backed-up sewers.

Contractors who have a contract with MUD worked in the area assessing damage and helping clean.