Downtown Charleston residents wake up to flooded mess

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Neighbors on Colonial Street in Downtown Charleston woke up to a flooded mess, but it wasn't caused by rain.

"About 4 am, policemen rang our doorbell and there was water bubbling up in that driveway. There was a about a foot of water in all of our yards and cars," said one resident.

A six inch watermain that was under a sidewalk broke in the middle of the night. Crews showed up to the scene around 5:30 am, but by then the damage had been done.

One resident said, "I jumped into my car and it wasn't turning over and so the police officer said do you need a tow and I said i think I'm gonna need a tow."

If insurance doesn't cover all the damage, the city will step in and help out.

Andy Fairey with Charleston Water system says,"We have torts insurance coverage, so it should cover the damages to their property."

All you have to do is send an e-mail. Even if some neighbors property wasn't damaged, they said the leak was a hassle.

"We didn't have any water this morning so we brushed our teeth with bottled water and we still don't have any," one resident said.

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