Water main break floods streets, leaves some without water

SEATTLE -- A Sunday morning water main break in Beacon Hill flooded the streets and temporarily left some residents without water on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year.

The break was reported Sunday at about 8:30 a.m. in the area of 32nd Avenue South and South Juneau Street. It caused flooding that some residents described as a river flowing down the street.

"We just woke to the street full of water," said resident Markus Barrera-Kolb. "It was pretty much curb to curb, five to six inches at the curb."

Seattle Public Utilities crews had to shut off a 16-inch "feeder main" to investigate, which left roughly 30 homes in the neighborhood without water.

Water was soon restored to most of the homes, but some were expected to be without water until early afternoon.

Karen Reed with Seattle Public Utilities said if residents find discolored water coming from their faucets, they should let it run until it becomes clear.

Officials don't yet know what caused the break.
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