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Local residents still drying out from massive water main break

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The scene in Shreveport's Allendale neighborhood Saturday resembled a virtual ocean spewing from a burst water main on Kenneth Street, near Andrew and Dunlap Streets.

One of the casualties was a home located at 1312 Andrew Street, which became partially submerged as the gallons flowed from the broken main toward the home.

"The house was just ruined."

The renter, who chose not to show his face on camera, says the rush of water was unlike anything he'd ever seen.

He says his children's clothes, shoes, books, and anything that was near the floor was completely covered in water.

"Floors are ruined. I'm finding out that electrical, some of my outlets are ruined."

Directly next to the water main, stands 114-year-old Saint Mary Baptist Church. It's basement quickly filled with about 5 to 7 inches of water.

"I've seen water mains bust before but nothing like this," says church board member, Don Ellis, Sr.

That's because this particular main was a transmission main, a 24-inch pipe that transports large amounts of water from one section of the city to another.

That cast iron main has since been replaced with updated PVC pipe.

"We've been getting things, couplings that fit, that would work, that would keep it from leaking," says Barbara Featherston, Interim Director of Water & Sewerage Dept.

Featherston Says this type of main doesn't burst often, but when it does, there's usually significant damage.

"Our smaller mains, 8inch, 10inch, 12inch, those are the ones that we tend to have more issues with, things that we would normally replace."

And as those repairs continue, the residents of 1312 Andrew St. are taking it one step at a time.

"It's just a bunch of clean-up right now going on."

The City of Shreveport's risk management office says they've received three damage claims, as of Monday morning.

Those will be handled through their adjuster, Hammerman & Gainer. If any residents still need to file a claim, they're advised to contact Hammerman & Gainer directly.

The risk management office will then assess those findings and proceed from there with the claim.

Featherston says the complete repair to the water main is expected to take at least two weeks as crews adjust the new pipe and ensure there are no additional leaks.

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