Cleanup continues after water main break floods homes

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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - DeKalb County workers discovered a second water leak, a day after a water main break left a neighborhood under several inches of mud.

The original water main break happened Wednesday afternoon. Since then, crews have made major progress on Rockbridge Road.

Water crews said a fire hydrant snapped off of a 16-inch line. County officials attributed the second leak to the aging water and sewer system as well.

On Thursday, county workers repaired the storm drain and water line while a Georgia Power crew fixed the power pole that was on the verge of collapse – nearly knocked down by rushing water.

The water left knee high piles of mud in the Diaz family's front yard and in their basement.

"Everybody keeps stuff in the basement, stuff you don't use every day. It’s a lot of stuff in there that is already damaged," Angelo Diaz told Channel 2’s Erica Byfield.

Diaz said he was running errands when he got a call that his home suddenly looked like it was surrounded by a lake.

"She called me, and she said, 'Angelo, there is a river coming down,' and I believed it right away because normally when it rains, we get a few inches down below," Diaz said.

The water main actually broke about a half a block away from the Diaz' home.

Workers plan to install a new fire hydrant near Rockbridge Road and Kenridge Circle on Friday.

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