Modesto neighborhood wakes up to flooded street

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) – A water main break at the intersection of Whitehorse and Woodrow avenues in Modesto caused major street flooding in some neighborhoods Wednesday.  

Homeowners along Whitehorse and Anchorage avenues woke up to their street underwater.

“Got up this morning, I thought it was raining,” said Mike Martinez. “It was like a foot high all the way behind my truck.” 

Martinez has lived in the neighborhood for 47 years and said waking up to his street flooded outside and no water inside was a surprise.  

“I went to take a shower, no water,” Martinez explained. 

The city says a 20-foot crack along a pipe caused a water main to break at a nearby intersection, which led to approximately 90,000 gallons of water flooding into the adjacent neighborhoods, moving up driveways and nearly breaching some garages.  

Neighbors like Ian Riley and his family were trapped. Riley said he was forced to take the day off work.  

“I was getting ready to take the kids to school and the water was all the way up underneath the car, couldn’t back out,” Riley told FOX40. 

City water division and construction crews responded right away and worked throughout the day to make repairs.  

“The water was shut off. We just got the water back after a few hours of being off, so mild inconveniences in the grand scheme of things,” Riley said. “These guys are working pretty hard, but we were coming out of it OK.” 

The city expects repairs to be complete by the end of the day.  

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