The Nicholls family had to evacuate their home near 21st and South. Andrew and Hilary's two sons, Silas, 10, and Toby, 9, were making tea when they saw steam rising from the sink drains.
"We told everyone in the apartment to leave; we packed quite quickly and got out," Silas Nicholls said. "I was scared at first — it took some time for me to take it all in."
The family stayed at Le Meridien hotel Sunday night. However, Andrew Nicholls said his insurance company is uncertain whether the hotel fees will be covered.
Cody Knerr was washing his dishes at 21st and Carpenter streets about 9:15 p.m. when he noticed the water pressure decrease dramatically. The water for the upper two floors cut out completely.
"I was afraid I was going to have to miss work or shower somewhere else," he said.
The night proved troublesome for Knerr, 24. He awoke every couple of hours during the night to ensure the basement was not flooded. His water service, like that of most neighbors, was restored by morning.
The flooding was caused by a 48-inch transmission main that broke at 21st and Bainbridge streets. A sink hole then developed and caused the rupture of a 4-inch gas main at 8:12 a.m. Monday. Water reached 3 feet in some areas, and nearby intersections were closed off.
About 100 people had to be evacuated. Dave Schrader, spokesman for the American Red Cross, said 38 of them had to spend the night elsewhere, including eight who stayed at the Red Cross House at 40th Street and Powelton Avenue. Rooms with cots, kitchens and bathrooms were made available to the three who chose to spend the night at the reception center.
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