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Water main break causes flooding in Miami Lakes

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. – A water main break caused flooding that prompted traffic and water service disruptions on Tuesday west of the Shula Golf Club in Miami Lakes.

Hobbit Forrest, an area resident who was stranded, said her neighbor reported the flooding at about 7 a.m.

“It looks like a sinkhole,” Forrest said.

Jennifer L. Messemer-Skold, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, said an 8-inch pipe at Gage Place and Cow Pen Road was to blame.

About a dozen households reported disruptions in water service during the repairs. Police officers diverted traffic away from the flooded streets.

The department received a report about 9 a.m. and the crews' priority was to reroute the water flow to stop the leak. Workers also had to excavate to inspect the pipe before deciding whether the pipe needs to be repaired or replaced, according to Messemer-Skold.

About the Authors:

Madeleine Wright is a general assignment reporter for Local 10 News. She joined the team in March 2017.

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.