FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Residents of a Ft. Lauderdale neighborhood had a rather wet start to the day after a water main break flooded several streets.
“I woke up this morning and could not get out of both driveways,” said resident Anderson Pierre. “I was late to school and work.”
It happened a little before 6 a.m. in the 1400 block of Riverland Road, just west of I-95 and south of Davie Boulevard.
The 8-inch water main supplies drinking water to homes in the area of SW 14th Street and Riverland Road.
Chopper4 over the scene found that the water, knee deep in some areas, only affected streets and had not impacted any homes.
Riverland Road was closed in both directions between SW 13th Court and 14th Street as city crews work to repair the break. They finished up just before 4 p.m.
Motorists are being detoured around the area via SW 15th Street to the south and SW 13th Court to the north.
Neighbors, surrounded by water, had to find creative ways to get to work.
“Well I usually use my bike anyway but he was supposed to pick me up so he can’t get through, so I’ve got to get out to him,” said resident Scott Richards whose home was surrounded by water.
Some neighbors told CBS4 News that they have no water while others reported reduced water pressure.
The city public works department said they’re trying to determine how the water ended up all over the streets of this neighborhood.
“We don’t know why yet it broke, the size of the pipe, we don’t know anything about the break at this point,” said Monique Damiano of the Fort Lauderdale Public Works Department.
Neighbor Pedro Macaiegos said all this water is an all too familiar sight.
“This has happened twice already,” said Macaiegos.