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Truck Hits Fire Hydrant, Floods Marmet Street And Yards

Reported: May. 8, 2014 4:12 AM EDT
Updated: May. 8, 2014 12:22 PM EDT
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MARMET, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- Neighbors living along 99th Street in Marmet are frustrated their yards got flooded for the second time this year.

"It looked like a lake," said Vicki Stanley, neighbor. "It was up to the 'No Trespassing' signs."

Stanley said more than a foot of water was standing in her yard early Thursday morning. It damaged her storage shed, motorcycle and brand new, $4,000 air conditioning unit.

"I was in bed asleep and I heard a knock on the door and the next door neighbor was coming in from work and he woke me up to tell me that our yards were flooded," she said.

A truck trying to turn into Family Dollar along MacCorkle Avenue hit a fire hydrant at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. That sent hundreds of thousands of gallons of water rushing down 99th Street and into several yards. It took water crews about three hours to get the water turned off.

This isn't the first time water has come running down this street this year. In February, a water line broke underneath MacCorkle Avenue in the early morning hours, flooding these yards.

This time the damage is much worse and several people lost property. Stanley said she doesn't have insurance on her motorcycle and can't afford a new heat pump.

"It's very frustrating because I struggle every day anyway," she said. "I don't know what damage has been done to the motorcycle, can't even get to it to see how far it got up to it. I can see it on the cover so it's at least to it's tail pipe. I've got three rooms in the storage building so I pretty much know it's all going to have to go into the garbage."




MARMET, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- People living in one area of Marmet have a big mess to cleanup, Thursday morning.

A truck turning into the Dollar General on MacCorkle Avenue, hit a fire hydrant, sending water down 99th Street into several people's yards.

It happened just after 12:30 a.m.

It took crews about three hours to get the water shut off. City officials said the hydrant was connected to a six inch line and hundreds of thousands of gallons of water rushed out of it before it was turned off.

Neighbors had several inches of water in their yards. They told Eyewitness News that the water flooded their outbuildings, destroying items inside. One woman lost a brand new, $4,000 AC unit.

This is the same area that flooded in February after a water main broke on MacCorkle Avenue, sending water rushing down 99th Street into Rick McBryar's yard. His yard was impacted by this latest incident.

Neighbors said they're frustrated that this happened again.

The water company was able to get the water shut off by 3:30 a.m. Neighbors said by 4:15 a.m. it was starting to recede.



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