LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – A water main break in Aurora Sunday morning sent water shooting nearly 50 feet into the air.

The break happened at an apartment complex off Abilene and Jewell streets. The water came crashing down inside as home.

“We saw over there like three houses down the water bubbling over,” neighbor Shani Schneeberger said.

Schneeberger woke up to what she called underground gurgling along the complex parkway.

“The asphalt started puffing up and then we watched it just shoot straight up,” she said.

It shot straight up nearly 50 feet in the air and came right down onto George and his daughter Jaden’s home.

“We heard a bunch of water, we thought it was the rain,” George said.

The blast of water shattered their patio table and began to flood the family’s basement.

“We got a lot of towels to block up the windows,” Jaden said.

“It was like a foot in the room,” George said.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Water was shut off to the area in less than an hour, but not before the home got a good soaking.

Aurora Water said age was likely the issue as the pipe was installed in the 1970s.

“It was not a good way to start the morning,” George said.

The family is thankful the damage wasn’t worse and is now looking forward to drying out.

Aurora Water says water service was shut off for about 6 hours while they fixed the problem.


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