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Sinkhole forms and water comes close to Tyler resident's house

Published: Nov. 26, 2015 at 11:27 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 27, 2015 at 12:54 AM CST
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TYLER, TX (KLTV)

Some East Texans woke up to a sinkhole and a geyser on their street. The leak started around 7 am on Thursday, near Birdwell Drive and Easy Street in Tyler. 

Video from James Hescock, who lives on Birdwell Drive, shows a little bit of water bubbling out of the road.
An hour later, water was seen spewing from that same spot.

"And just all of a sudden when we were taking some pictures, it exploded into kind of this Old Faithful-like spout from the middle of the street."

The ground beneath the geyser crumbled, revealing the earth beneath. Most of the water fell on to Jordan Yager's house.

"I kind of caught it a little before 9 o'clock and it looked very much like it does right now, a pretty high geyser. It was pretty much aimed right at my driveway, so that's what I woke up to," says Yager.

Yager, who saw some water in his house in October, was hoping the water did not get in his house, feeling calm at the moment.

"I know we're gonna get it taken care of, but I'm just not stressing over it until I gotta deal with it," says Yager.

Shortly after, more water began flowing, causing Yager to spring in to action and quickly putt up sandbags in front of his door. Luckily, the flow stopped.

"Outstanding, right in time, I don't have to deal with it getting to high into my house or anything like that," says Yager.

Crews drove in to fix the sinkhole left behind. The culprit was two holes in a water main. Residents believe the water main damage is related to what they say is an ongoing issue with the street.

"Sometimes the residents would put a big stone in it; we just had to drive around it and it's been going on, patching it here and there, and today it finally erupted," says Bill Tyson, who lives near the water main break.

They are glad that for now, it's all taken care off.
The water had to be temporarily shut off in that neighborhood, but is back on. There is no word yet on how many houses were affected, and no boil water notices have been issued.
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