Water gushing from main break moves parked cars and floods a home's basement in west Denver

Line repair requires cutting water to 24 homes

DENVER - Water gushing from a main break in west Denver shifted parked cars in the street and flooded a home's basement on Tuesday night.

Denver Water had to temporarily cut water service to 24 houses while the line was repaired.

A resident told 7NEWS the initial main rupture sent water flooding into the street, lifting cars off the ground.

Yasmin Gonzalez said she rushed out of her home to move her car because she was worried the water would carry it away.

"There was cars that were moved sideways from the power of the water," said Gonzalez. "It was really bad. It was coming from everywhere."

The 8-inch main broke about 6:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of South Quitman Street near West Jewell Avenue.

While freezing weather can cause water mains to break, Denver Water spokesman Travis Thompson said officials won't know what caused the damage until they examine it. It could be simply that an aging pipe failed, he added.

Thompson said a crew on scene had isolated the break and stopped the flow of water.

At least one home's basement flooded, Thompson said.

At about 8 p.m., Thompson said it would take at last six hours for utility crews to repair the break. During this time, workers will have to halt water service to 24 homes.

Other crews were helping pump water from the basement of the home that was flooded, he said,