Hillcrest Apartments residents left without water after pipe break

Photo: WLOS staff

Hillcrest Apartments residents were without water overnight and into the evening on Saturday before the water finally came back on around 6:15 p.m.

"I looked outside. The fire hydrant exploded," said resident Anita Love.

Residents report hearing a pop around midnight, followed by water loss and a leaking fire hydrant.

The water was shut off since about 1 a.m., impacting the whole community. Maintenance crews at the scene say the pipes were old and rusted.

Crews worked to repair the leak after pipes at a fire hydrant burst. At 5 p.m. Saturday, crews estimated it would take a few hours to repair it.

After the flooding from the break, some residents can't get in or out of their front door without stepping in water or mud. Aside from that, it's also the holidays, so people need to cook, shower and rely on their water.

Residents say not having any water has them in conservation mode.

Around 5:30 p.m., crews had the pipe fixed and had covered the area with dirt, flushing water out of of the hydrants and working to restore water. They had to turn the water back on slowly because there so much pressure had built up in the pipes.

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