Geyser erupts after water pipe breaks

Water main break at Trier Rd and Captiva Drive.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A geyser of water could be seen shooting almost two stories high after a water main break on the city’s northeast side. The water main break was noticed by police around 4:30 a.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of Captiva Drive just off Trier Road in front of a home.

The homeowner tells NewsChannel 15’s Rod Hissong that she thought it was raining outside and wasn’t sure what was happening. She noticed that it was dry in her backyard but wet in her front yard. The homeowner said she then called her neighbor and they pieced everything together.

Some water did get into the home’s garage, but the homeowner doesn’t know the extent of the damage. A significant amount of mud could also be seen on the roof. The break has caused some pooling in the neighborhood roads.

The City of Fort Wayne Water Department got to the break shortly before 5:30 a.m. and turned the water off.

Officials don’t know what caused the pipe to burst. The pipe is six inches wide and feeds off of a 12 inch pipe that feeds off a 24 inch water main.

It will take several hours to locate and evaluate the break, the Water Department said. Officials don’t know when the break will be repaired.

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