A 60-inch water main break on Riverside Drive in Cincinnati's East End affected water pressure in Downtown Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, according to Greater Cincinnati Water Works executive director Cathy Bailey.
"There is a water main break that is impacting that area [Central Business District]," Bailey wrote on Twitter. "Crews have been dispatched and supervisors have and are arriving to assess and discuss options."
Greater Cincinnati Water Works has issued a boil water advisory for 758-766 Steiner Street and 3406-3648 Hillside Avenue.
Police told The Enquirer that a red vehicle hit a fire hydrant at the 2400 block of Riverside Drive near St. Rose Church between 11 a.m. and noon, which caused a major water main break and flooded the area. Four families were displaced due to the flooding.
One vehicle was trapped, police said. There were no injuries.
Jason Fleming, superintendent of water distribution, told The Enquirer damage was done to the roadway, parked cars and some utilities in the area. Workers are trying to remove the water to assess the damage to the pipe.
Water Service was not impacted, according to Greater Cincinnati Water Works, but some areas "may have temporarily experienced lower water pressure than normal."
Jane Crabb, 61, of East End, said Saturday’s water main break flooded the entire first floor living area of her two-story painted brick home on Riverside Drive.
“It’s ruined,” she said. “One minute it was dry, the next minute it was flooded.”
Crabb said her granddaughter and a babysitter were in the house when the flood started, but that no one was hurt.
Her cat, Boots, is missing but Crabb is hopeful her pet escaped the flood.
Crabb was still in a state of shock and said at the moment she feels “lost.”
Greater Cincinnati American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati Water Works crews, a building inspector, police and fire have responded to begin clean-up. Officials said they are assessing necessary repairs and establishing traffic detours in the area.
Roads are closed in the immediate area, around Lumber and Bayou streets, until further notice, officials said. Fleming says he expects the road to be closed for at least a week.
Greater Cincinnati Water Works will provide updates regarding repairs as details become available.