Water main break floods house

December 23, 2009 10:12:10 AM PST
A water main break Wednesday morning flooded a basement and threatens to ruin Christmas for two young children on the South Side.Crews were in the roadway outside 1054 West 34th Street late Wednesday morning trying to get a handle on the break.

Residents at the home say water poured into the basement of the house and at one point as much as five feet of water filled the unit. The property owner, who lives upstairs, says everyone in the home will have to find someplace else to live.

"They said they have to have building inspectors come out because they said with the amount of water that was pushing through the foundation. They're not even sure if it hasn't loosened the foundation," said John Ustaskewski, homeowner.

"I mean I'm barely scraping by, it's hard to pay my bills, and I have all my kids' stuff down there," said Jillian Woodard, basement unit tenant.

Woodard says she is unemployed with two young children aged 10 and 4. She says she had the children's Christmas gifts stored in the basement and all were ruined in the flood.

The property owner says he has spoken to an attorney about seeking restitution from the city.


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