Home Flooded by Water From Broken Hydrant

Wire Service
By Wire Service
August 17, 2019USshare
Home Flooded by Water From Broken Hydrant
A broken fire hydrant sends thousands of gallons of water gushing into the air, damaging a home on Aug. 16, 2019. (KGTV via CNN)

San Diego (KGTV)—A broken fire hydrant sent thousands of gallons of water gushing into the air on Aug. 16, damaging home on the 5100 block of Mariner Drive, near Otay Mesa.

The home received flood damage on the first floor of the house, as well as the yard. The cars in the driveway were drenched as well. Water was gushing from the broken hydrant for nearly 20 minutes, according to the homeowner, Gary Birtwell.

“It was coming in through the backdoor,” Birtwell said. “We had about 6 inches of water in the back yard that basically filled up above the door. And it was coming in through a closed window on the side of the house. We had water that came in through the ventilation.”

A neighbor’s security video captured what appears to be a white SUV pulling into the curb then hitting the hydrant. Water begins gushing, and the SUV takes off.

Police officers took the neighbor’s security video from the scene and were looking for more footage of the incident.

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