Water main break causes road to buckle in Ormond Beach

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A water main break caused major problems for Ormond Beach residents on Wednesday.

The break happened about 5:30 a.m. on Wilmette Avenue, and the roadway is closed from Center Street to Nova Road, Volusia County officials said.

During repairs, the water was turned off for several in the nearby Mallard Reach subdivision, officials said, but it has since been turned back on.

The break caused a hole so large that a truck fell into it and had to be pulled out by a tow truck.

“He pulled right up there like it was no big deal and next thing you know, the truck's hitting the bottom of the ground,” one witness said.

Resident Nathan Cash said he woke up to his yard flooded.

“We were without water for about four or five hours this morning,” Cash said. “All the kids were using water bottles to brush their teeth to get to school."

City workers said the water main carried reclaimed water and broke because the pipe was old.

Officials said residents should still boil their water for the next 24 to 48 hours.