“This stuff’s getting old,” Water main break sprays water into neighborhood sky

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro neighborhood was drenched on Tuesday afternoon, but not by rain.

Instead, a water main break shot water more than 50 feet into the air.

"It was pretty, it really was," said Frank Smart, who lives in the neighborhood near N.W. 122nd and May. "I mean, if it was colder, it'd have been snowing, you know."

"A lot of people came up and took pictures, were asking if I knew anything," said Derk Watson, whose home was next door to the leak.

In fact, Derk may have been the first to alert Oklahoma City officials to his neighborhood creek.

"I immediately called the city from my phone," said Watson. "They arrived about an hour later, shut down the water."

The break happened just before 5 p.m., was contained around an hour later, and several in the area say the waterworks are nothing new.

Neighbors up and down the block described other water main breaks nearby in the last few weeks.

"This stuff's getting old, I just hope the city fixes it right," said Smart.

For those downstream of the break, they were waiting for their water to return.

"If we don't have water tonight, we may have to get a hotel. I don't know," said Watson.

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