Water main break causes flooding in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Yards and parking lots in a residential area of Portsmouth experienced significant flooding Tuesday afternoon.

The Norfolk Department of Utilities confirmed a water main break in the area of Martin Avenue and Portsmouth Boulevard. After working to isolate the broken line for more than an hour, crews secured the leak.

The utilities department spokesman, Harry Kenyon, said Norfolk has a pumping station in Portsmouth, and it was right around the pumping station where the break happened.

Neighbors said water flooded six to 12 inches deep in some areas. One family said the water was going under their house. An apartment complex for the elderly in the neighborhood had maintenance workers clearing drains so the water could drain faster. Some residents told WAVY.com they were nervous to leave the complex.

Kenyon told WAVY.com the water that flooded nearby properties was untreated lake water.

No further information has been released. Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.

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