'I Thought I Was Going To Drown:' Family Recalls Massive Water Main Break

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As water pounded on the Tiendas' roof, the family felt like they were trapped in a hurricane.

The nightmarish situation wasn't the result of a natural disaster, but an incredible water main break in south Pueblo.

Thousands of gallons of water gushed out of a broken water main before crews could stop it. Neighbors described it as a geyser.

"I've never seen anything like this before," one told 11 News.

Water didn't just spill onto the road, but shot out of the main, towering over the nearby homes. The water main broke Sunday near Windsor and Palmer, and was so loud, residents living a few blocks away reported hearing it.

When the water began surging out, it caught the Tiendas completely off-guard. The couple and their disabled son were out for a walk when the water main broke--right in front of their house.

"I thought I was going to drown...the water was pouring off the roof like a river," Issac Tienda recalled.

His son, who is paralyzed on one side of his body, was trying as hard as he could to move through the rushing water. Issac's granddaughter actually pulled her disabled father into the house as water rushed down the street. But even inside the home, the family felt like they were living a nightmare.

"The whole house was rattling, shaking," Issac's granddaughter said.

The family says police played a large role in making sure they got to safety. Their house, which Issac and his wife Isabel have lived in for 35 years, is currently unlivable.

The water company in Pueblo says they think aging pipes are to blame for the massive break. Crews believe the pipe was 50-60 years old.

Crews will be returning to the scene Tuesday to continue repairs.



 
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