Pipe break floods driveways in Hidden Cove | ParkRecord.com

Pipe break floods driveways in Hidden Cove

A broken water pipe flooded driveways Wednesday near Jeremy Ranch. Photo by Scott Sine/Park Record

Summit Water Distribution Company lost about 130,000 gallons of water when a pipe broke Wednesday in Hidden Cove.

"Contractors hit the pipe and I thought it was another mudslide," Hidden Cove resident Ralph Hottinger said. "That’s a lot of water."

A construction crew digging in the area struck the water line near where a mudslide covered driveways and yards west of Jeremy Ranch in April.

"When they hit it [water] shot 60 feet into the air," Hottinger said, adding that this week his driveway at 4474 W. Hidden Cove Road was again covered with mud. "There is still dirt and dust on the road."

But he praised Summit Water officials for quickly shutting off the leak.

The contractor hadn’t properly notified Summit Water that crews would be digging in the area, said Van Martin, general manager for Summit Water.

"They’re going to be paying dearly for it," he said, adding that no significant property damage was reported as a result of the leak. "But we’ve got half a dozen driveways that have got dirt and debris in them."

He expects the lost water to cost the contractor about $665.

Hottinger said when the leak began around 11 a.m. his wife was outside in the driveway.

"She was yelling at me, ‘Ralph, get out here,’" Hottinger said, adding that water was two feet deep on the side of the road.

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