Apartments flooded after water main break in Millcreek

Posted at 2:28 PM, Dec 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-29 00:11:06-05

MILLCREEK, Utah -- A water main break in Millcreek turned a residential street into an ice rink early Saturday morning as fire crews worked to divert the water and evacuate residents.

Gallons of frigid water poured down 825 E from 3300 S shortly after 3 a.m.

“I saw the water. It was going fast all over the houses,” said Ahmed Kaleem, a business owner.

Millcreek resident Jason Batista said Saturday morning he was still trying to absorb what had happened and what to do next.

“I have no idea. I just woke up with cold water hitting my face. That’s it. It’s a flood. It’s just a huge flood,”  Batista said.

Batista was the only resident who could not return to his home due to the significant water damage. Unified Fire officials said another apartment and two more homes on the block also have damage from the flood.

Battalion Chief Brian Anderton said it could have been a lot worse.

“[There was] pretty quick thinking on the part of our crew. They were able to deploy some hose line and fill them with water to get it going down 33rd instead of coming down towards the apartments and residents,” Anderton said.

The block was without water for several hours while public utilities worked to fix the broken pipe.