Some residents of the 5100 block of Savannah Street were woken up at 4:00 a.m. on August 15 to a humming sound and the sound of a severe rainstorm. I went out to stand on the sidewalk and found it wasn't raining at all. The water that was flooding my porch was coming down the sidewalk from a broken water main. My neighbor Jeff called the water department, but they already knew about it. While I quickly showered and washed dishes, Jeff went to talk to the crew of men who had come out to deal with the problem. But a policeman shined a light in his face as if to say, "What do you want? Go away."
The water was ultimately shut off at 5:06 a.m. At 8:15 a.m. I awoke again and found a crew working to fix the broken pipe. Mike, a contractor hired by the city to help with cleanup and personal property damage assessments, told me the water should be turned on by tonight. A truck with water to fill up our buckets will be along later. While assessing the damage to the contents of one neighbor's garage, Mike pointed to another neighbor's house and told me that person had his living room flooded.