Water main break in Fall River floods homes

Police have blocked a portion of Orswell Street in Fall River as crews work to repair a water main break. (Julianne Lima/WPRI)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – Crews in Fall River have repaired a water main break that flooded several homes in the city Sunday morning.

The break was reported around 8 a.m. on Orswell Street. Police blocked a portion of the street while firefighters and utility crews repaired the problem.

Residents along the street tell Eyewitness News that their basements have flooded. District Chief Jason Poissant of the Fall River Fire Department told Eyewitness News that four homes were flooded, and that utility crews shut off gas and electric to seven homes as a precaution.

“We were getting ready to to to church and my husband calls out to me, ‘you need to see this river running down our street,'” resident Neli Faria, who lives two doors down from the site of the break, said. “I thought he was kidding. I came out myself to see…it was a nightmare. We stayed home, we couldn’t even leave our driveway.”

Faria and her husband have lived on Orswell street for 25 years and have seen water main breaks there, but none as serious as this. Several inches of water flooded her basement and turned her backyard into a lake.

Officials said that an underground pipe burst but weren’t yet sure what had caused it. They expected that it would take several hours to patch up the road but the entire scene should be cleaned up before day’s end.