A water main break wreaks havoc in one Bettendorf neighborhood Thursday. The water is back on in the neighborhood surrounding Grant Wood Elementary School but earlier today classes were canceled, streets were flooded and raw sewage gushed out of residents toilets.
"I called my husband and said Dan we got a problem" said affected resident Kathy Winters. This is not the Valentines Day surprise she had hoped for, raw sewage gushed out of her toilet for about an hour. "All over the carpet down here from family room to the back office to the back bedroom."
Winters wasn't alone just up the street Giana Michaels runs a day care. A business whose immediate future is now on hold. "From one side of my house all the way to the other my whole day care area carpet everything is just ruined" said Michaels.
Bettendorf officials say up to 28 homes were affected when an 8 inch water line broke next to a manhole. "By virtue of all the volume of water that was occurring in the leak it got its way into the manhole and the ring around the manhole weakened," explained City Administrator Decker Ploehn. "This is just what I would call a freak situation."
One that these residents will never forget. "It is a big headache I didn't really plan on doing this for Valentines Day we didn't even get our Valentines Day party," said Michaels. "Its just overwhelming how much we really lost and don't even realize it yet." added Winters
Bettendorf officials say they will pay for all reasonable damage. They have given affected residents a list of approved companies to help with clean up. The city also offered free hotel rooms to anyone who needed them Thursday night.
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