PARKVILLE, Md. - It was massive. Water shot from the ground, like a wall blocking the road.
"It looked like a geyser, just shooting over the trees. You couldn't see beyond like on the other side of Putty Hill," said Kathy Fallon, who lives off Putty Hill Ave.
It shot through the trees and nearly knocked out Putty Hill Park. The pressure brought down tree branches and created a river on Putty Hill Ave., in between Perring Pkwy. and Old Harford Rd.
The hole in the busted water main is about a foot wide. The water pushed off the storm drain cover and broke apart bricks underground. It never stopped running inside homes, but Diana Wellein isn't thirsty for the tap.
"It was discolored. It was a rusty looking color when I turned on the spicket," said Wellein.
Wellein went back home and let the faucet run until that brown color cleared out.
"I feel much more comfortable using my bottled water for now for the time being," said Wellein.
Kurt Kocher, spokesman for the Department of Public Works, says crews spent time marking other utilities before going underground to repair the main.
"There's always going to be a certain amount of build-up inside of a pipe. It's basically almost rust-type particles because of the cast iron main. And so those particles will get swirled around a little bit. They're perfectly harmless," said Kocher.
Wellein isn't taking chances for the night. The huge gush of water has her reaching for bottles.
"I'm steaming my vegetable with bottled water and then of course I will be drinking the bottled water and making coffee with it. Absolutely, I will be brushing my teeth with bottled water and going to the gym to take a shower," said Wellein.
If you live off Putty Hill Ave. and you're still seeing brown in your water, you should call DPW: 410-396-5352.
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