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Water Main Break Traps Residents in Homes

People in Downtown Miami are cleaning after a water main break forced water into homes and flooded streets.

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    Water Main Break Traps Residents in Homes
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    Biscayne and 25th watermain break

    People in Downtown Miami are cleaning after a water main break forced water into homes and flooded streets. It happened at 25th St. and Biscayne Blvd. early Friday morning.

    "It's very Miami," said resident Sean Dougherty.

    "It seems that they did it again," Nildo Romero said trying to get to work.

    Both just wanting one wish from The Magic City, get rid of main breaks. This one happened overnight.

    Miami-Dade Water and Sewer officials say private contractors were making repairs when all of a sudden a 12 inch pipe burst this morning causing thousands of gallons of water to flood 25th and Biscayne down to the Biscayne Bay.

    "Definitely created a large gaping hole in the streets," said Lt. Ignatius Carroll of Miami Fire Rescue.

    Water rising as high as the tires on people's cars is nothing compared to the water that actually made its way inside of people's homes. After mopping away the unwelcome water, it still sat an inch high inside one apartment this morning.

    Another flood victim tells NBC Miami she woke up only to find her entire efficiency covered in water.

    "The fire department responded out here, tried to shut down what mains we have access too. That's when the professionals had to be called out here,” Carroll said.

    Officials shut off water to get a hold of the problem that trapped people in their homes. It made for a high water commute and a wet work day to kick off the weekend.

    "I just can't get out," Dougherty said.