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Resident: SAWS crews release water from hydrant, flood her yard

Leak detection floods woman's yard

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio woman said SAWS crews flooded her yard and under her home while searching for a leak along her street.

Belinda Ponce said she didn't pay too much attention to SAWS crews working along her street in the 100 block of West Vestal Monday afternoon, until she went outside to wash some clothes.

"My whole house was saturated with water," said Ponce. "Probably three to four, some areas five inches of water."

She said SAWS crews let water flow out of a hydrant in front of her house for nearly an hour.

"I tell the guy, 'Well hey you could have at least warned me, you could have redirected the water some other directions or released the water in increments so my house wouldn't get flooded'," Ponce said.

A SAWS spokesman said crews routinely release water from hydrants to locate leaks but couldn't confirm how long the hydrant in front of Ponce's house was running.

"Now I'm going to get flies in a couple of days, I'm going to get mold after that," said a concerned Ponce. "I don't even know what'll happen under the house."

SAWS will investigate the areas that flooded and will take care of any necessary repairs caused from the overflow.

SAWS will return on Tuesday to repair the leak down the street and the spokesperson said if crews need to release water from the hydrant again, they will use hoses to redirect the water to drains in the area.

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