Riverside Drive shut down for several weeks after massive water main break Saturday

Riverside Drive shut down for several weeks after massive water main break Saturday

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Officials say Riverside Drive will be shut down for several weeks after a massive water main break Saturday.

The break is suspected of having happened between 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on a 60-inch water transmission line, according to Cincinnati Water Works superintendent Jason Fleming.

Police say a vehicle was pulled from the water. No one was believed to be inside at the time.

Ashley Crabb says she and her 5-year-old son Jayden were not home at the time of the flood but arrived Sunday to a disastrous scene.

”There was a car that his grandpa just got him in here,” said Crabb describing her son’s Christmas gifts that had been destroyed by the flood.

Crabb says the force of the water threw her fully stocked refrigerator onto the floor.

Her home was still decorated for Christmas, ”The tree was right in front of the window towards the corner. Now it’s like that. I mean, you’ve got his blocks that he just got for Christmas almost looks like ornaments.”

Greater Cincinnati Water Works crews spent Sunday pumping out the water in the crater so they could assess the damage to the pipe and get the service back into the surrounding homes.

Crabb says the father of her 14-year-old daughter, who was home when it happened, led her out of a second-floor window to safety.

She says she is grateful that she wasn’t home when the water came pouring in, leaving marks on all the walls and showing her how high it was.

”Usually, we would be down here throughout the day. If we would have been home, me, him [her son], and grandma would have been down... it goes over my head because he does not typically stay upstairs,” said Crabb.

The cause of the break is still unknown.

CPD says to expect large backups on Columbia Parkway because this will be a several week long closure.

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