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Water main break floods Utah home

Posted at 7:25 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 13:53:30-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A 12-inch water main broke early Friday morning in the area of 1200 S. and 3000 E. in Salt Lake City.

Thousands of gallons of water quickly rushed downhill and right into the garage and basement of Andrea and Jonathan Berman's home.

They were sound asleep and didn’t know what to make of an alert from their doorbell camera.

"The camera woke me up this morning and I thought it was a raccoon which is typically is and I turned it on and I saw this flood of water coming down my driveway," Jonathan Berman said.

Salt Lake City crews were on scene in a matter of minutes and shut down the water line but the damage had already been done to the Berman’s home.

"It's heartbreaking,"  Andrea Berman said. "We have a lot of expensive equipment downstairs."

The Bermans are working with the city and their insurance company to get the mess cleaned up as quickly as possible.

The water line is nearly 70 years old but Salt Lake City officials say it’s too early to tell yet whether that had anything to do with it bursting.

The Bermans plan to spend the Christmas holiday cleaning up, and they're grateful it wasn’t worse.