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Monday, July 18, 2011

Burst Pipe Floods Home

A Sandy home was damaged and a neighborhood flooded after a pipe on a water pump burst late Sunday afternoon.

Just after 4 p.m., emergency responders were called after a large amount of water rushed into the neighborhood at 2925 E. Durban Road (9355 South). One home sustained between $5,000 and $10,000 in damage.

Crews and neighbors worked together to divert the water with some dams to help protect other homes, said Derek Maxfield, battalion chief for the Sandy Fire Department.

It appears a pipe connected to a culinary-water pump facility above the homes had burst, Maxfield said. He wasn’t sure about the size, saying it was somewhere between 10 and 30 inches.

“In any case, it was a big pipe,” Maxfield said.

It took crews about 40 minutes to shut off the pipe, and several more hours to clean up the water.

Water service to Sandy may have experienced minor disruptions, Maxfield said, but they shouldn’t have lasted very long.

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