OMAHA (KPTM) - A deadly early morning fire was a rude awakening for one neighborhood near 76th and Izard Streets, then the flood gates opened.
"When crews opened the fire hydrant the water main in the street broke," recalled Nick Hoesing, a homeowner who suffered water damage.
By mid-afternoon, Hoesing's front yard looked more like a mud pit.
"When I saw what happened I started digging a trench through the backyard to get the water draining out of the driveway," said Hoesing.
And there's still plenty of work ahead. Hoesing will now get together with the Metropolitan Utilities District to find out what exactly can be salvaged. The District tells us it will help pay for driveway and basement repairs. The rest will be figured out by sometime next week.
"Honestly, it's the least of my worries. It's the neighbor's house that burned and losing her is the main thing."
MUD says water main breaks damaging homes is hardly unique in Omaha, but you don't have to suffer. If your property gets ruined, District officials encourage homeowners to call the 24-hour emergency hotline. That number is (402) 554-7777. The District also has contractors and a claims department to help people in a time of need.
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