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Broken hydrant floods home

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Residents in one Mishawaka neighborhood are trying to soak up three hours worth of  non-stop water flow. A hydrant broke late Wednesday night sending water into the street and nearby homes.

It happened just before 11 p.m. at the intersection of East and Hanes Avenue.

An official from Mishawaka Utilities said they tried to figure out how to stop the water pressure and turn it off in the right area.

They said they tried turning off pressure at four or five other locations around the block. They eventually found right one.

But since it took so long, the home directly behind the hydrant started flooding.

The homeowner said his basement is flooded as is the first floor of his home.

He said his children were playing inside and heard a whipping noise against the house.  That is when they told their father and he called police.

When crews arrived, they quickly shut off the power to the house and made sure everyone got out.

But firefighters are not sure when the family can go back inside.

Members of the utility company do not know why the hydrant broke. They are guessing that it was hit by some kind of vehicle.

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