A water main break flooded across eight blocks in north Denver on Sunday, washing away part of a road, submerging cars and forcing residents out of their homes.

Residents first noticed the water main break at W. 45th Avenue and Perry Street around 7 a.m. Sunday, and the water gushed into the neighborhood for at least three hours before Denver Water crews were able to shut off the flow. Denver Water confirmed around 11:20 a.m. that the break had been shut down.

The resulting flood filled low areas between W. 46th Avenue and W. 45th Avenue for eight blocks in the Berkeley neighborhood, stretching between Stuart and Osceola streets. The water partially submerged cars and reached up to the front doors of several homes. One man bailed water from his porch with a bucket Sunday; others waded in waist-deep water with rakes, attempting to clear drains.

This is 46th and Quitman pic.twitter.com/NKRnOD9RzX

— Shelly Bradbury (@ShellyBradbury) April 24, 2022

Don Rossiter, who lives in the flooded area, said he noticed water gushing past his home on Perry Street at about 7 a.m. Within a few minutes, the water moved up into his yard, he said.

He went grocery shopping at 8 a.m. — the flood was nearly up to his front step then — and by the time he returned, the water had filled up to his porch. He didn’t think Sunday that the flood had made it into the first floor of his home, but expected the crawl space — and his furnace — were flooded.

“I’m sure it’s totally under water,” he said. “At least it’s not winter.”

Rossiter planned to go to a restaurant and drink a couple beers Sunday afternoon, then see if the water receded enough for him to get back into his house.

“Hopefully nothing is wet inside,” he said.

Another neighbor, Stuart Horowitz, whose home was not flooded, said he’d seen flooding before when he lived in Kentucky, but nothing like Sunday’s flood since moving west.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in Denver,” he said. “Denver is dry.”

Out at a big water main break at 45th and Perry. Road is washed away, cars partially under water pic.twitter.com/L0Rf5BPaNG

— Shelly Bradbury (@ShellyBradbury) April 24, 2022

Approximate location of water main break.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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