Main break sends water gushing down east Denver street

DENVER -- A main break sent water gushing down an east Denver street on Wednesday afternoon, Denver Water said.

The break in the 24-inch pipe happened about 12:30 p.m. at East Eighth Avenue and Poplar Street.

Poplar Street was closed between East Eighth and East Tenth avenues to do repairs.

Water was shut off to 34 customers.

Denver Water crews planned to work through the night and hoped to have water restored to the homes by the morning.

Right after the main burst, people on both sides of Poplar rushed out to see water rushing down the street, in places up to their car doors

"I freaked out for a second and ran to my neighbors house and he graciously ran out and got in the water and moved my car to safety," Rachel Stevens told FOX31.

Afterward, she bagged up snow to help prevent water from rushing into her neighbors' homes.

But the water was too strong and flooded at least two basements.

"It’s devastating, said Jeffrey Pike with Restoration Logistics. "It’s people’s contents and property. It’s just a sad situation."

Pike and his co-workers planned to work through the night to dry out one basement. They said it would be weeks before that home was back to normal.

Denver Water didn't say exactly what caused the water main to burst, but it could be the weather.

As winter goes on, the freezing point of the ground gets deeper. Plus, the fluctuations with thawing and freezing put more pressure on pipes.

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