MIAMI (CBS4) — Residents of one Miami-Dade neighborhood got off to a soggy start Sunday when a water main burst and flooded their streets, causing a boil water order to be placed. The break in the 16 inch main is near NW 5th Avenue and 89th Street. Area residents realized there was problem around 7:30 a.m. when they had no water pressure in their homes. They then discovered a huge gusher of water coming from the ground. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tried to shut down the water to keep it from flooding the streets, but were unsuccessful because only the county’s Water and Sewer department had to the key to pump box.
A ruptured water main caused a sinkhole on NW 57th Avenue. (Source: Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll)
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue blocked off the surrounded streets to traffic and evacuated five homes near the gushing water for health and safety reason. In addition to the flooding, a sink hole approximately 10 foot by 10 foot has caved in part of NW 5th Avenue.
Florida Power and Light shut off power to the area while repairs are made.
Jennifer Messemer, with Miami-Dade Water and Sewers, said they shut off the water to about 30 homes in the area. Once the water service is restored, a boil water notice will be issued as a precautionary measure. The boil water notice should last for about 48 hours. They will hand deliver the notices to the residents.
Once they have conducted the required testing, they will remove the boil water order, at which point they will hand deliver the notice of this as well.