Massive water main break in Downtown Orlando damages several cars and homes
ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - A massive water main break occurred in the middle of Downtown Orlando on Monday afternoon.
The water main break occurred in the area of Summerlin Avenue and E. Concord Street around 2:30 p.m. As a result, streets flooded and Summerlin was shut down between Concord and Amelia. Several cars were damaged and there were up to 25 homes impacted.
The people who live in the block around this giant hole say that the water came out fast and the level came up quick. A car was even spotted underwater at an apartment home next to the hole. The parking lot of another small apartment home a half a block west on Eola Drive also flooded, which two cars did not make it out of.
The water has gone down tremendously and continues to drain. The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) says this was all caused by a 20-inch water main that broke five to six feet underground. The break cause the road to give way, sending water and sand everywhere.
Crews are currently working throughout the night on the pipe, which is believed to be 80-years-old.