SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The cold weather likely played a role in a water main break that flooded several homes in east Sacramento on Saturday morning.

Crews spent the day cleaning up the muddy mess as water filled D Street between San Miguel Way and McKinley Boulevard.

“You didn’t know what to say, you just looked at it and you go ‘oh my gosh,’ ” resident Vincent Charlebroix said.

On the slippery street, an underground pipe burst Saturday morning sending water rushing into the streets and some homes.

“We know this is a very old cast iron pipe, and it probably just reached the end of its useful life,” city utilities spokesperson Jessica Hess said.

Several front yards still had several inches of water, while water seeped in the garage and basement of other homes.

“I thought if we were going to have a flood it would be by rain instead of by pipes,” said one neighborhood girl.

“When I walked outside all of this was full of water,” Charlebroix said of the flooded scene in front of his home.

CBS13 spoke with the woman who lives next to where the pipe burst. However, she didn’t want to speak on camera, but did say that this never should have happened.

“We do have a project priority list where we are prioritizing areas, such as this one. In fact, this one was on the list for sometime in the next three years,” said Hess.

People with damage can file a claim with the city for possible compensation. As for Charlebroix, his home was spared, but he says his next door neighbor wasn’t so lucky.

“That poor lady, that was her house, she was all full of water,” said Charlebroix.

City leaders say it could be several days before they know exactly how many homes suffered water damage.


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