Water Main Break in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 19, 2011 at 12:21 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -It was the corner of 17th and London road, near a rental establishment and numerous residential homes.

Ronald Larocque who was visiting his cousin and woke up to an unexpected knock on the door.

"I thought I heard the water running, somebody was in the shower or something and then we heard knocking on the door, "Fire Department." Then we came outside and it's a river of water that's coming down the street. It sounds like cars are pulling away but it's actually the street caving in and collapsing," said Larocque.

Jaime Kamps was trying to finish her finals test when she realized a small puddle of water at the top of the road was bubbling into something bigger.

"It started getting worse so I started to knock on all the neighbors doors and told them to move their cars. It just started getting worse and the sidewalks started coming up and all the grass and then eventually these holes started popping up everywhere were the water was," said Kamps

Few homes leaked water into the basement, however, sand and rock from below the street eroded away creating a sandy mess in the road.

"As long as everybody else is alright and that's taken care of cause like I said, the basement here is fine, there's no damage down there, but the street is gone, it's done," said Larocque.

Many residents still remain without water on the block of 17th and London, however, Duluth City Utilities hopes to have the brake patched before tomorrow's work week starts.

People living on the block say the one main brake may have triggered two more.