Water Main Rupture Floods Cumming Office Building, Trapping Man Inside

Water Main Rupture Floods Cumming Office Building, Trapping Man Inside

Forsyth County News reports that a water main broke in Cumming Wednesday afternoon, flooding a new office complex and trapping one man inside.

The water main, which is located at Woodland Drive and Hudson street, ruptured at about 1:30 p.m., according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers.

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Water flowed downhill to an unoccupied office building and the surrounding parking lot. When the main was shut off at around 3 p.m., the area was submerged in up to 18 inches of water.

One man was inside the building when the main broke. At the time of the flood, the Forsyth County Fire Department was unable to get the man out of the building.

Chief Shivers said that it was possible to wade through the water. However, he confirmed that there is a power box located under the water line, which could make any contact with the water dangerous.

“There is a potential for [the water] to be charged with electricity,” he said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the fire department was waiting for the water level to subside through parking lot drains or for Georgia Power to shut off the power box.

In the event of an emergency that required removing the trapped man immediately, the fire department had ladders standing by. A tanker of water was also brought in in case of a fire emergency, as the water shutoff also disabled nearby fire hydrants.

As of Wednesday, there were no reports that the man was injured in any way.

It is unclear at this time how the water main ruptured.

Research shows that over 850 water mains break every day across North America, causing flooding, injury, and erosion. According to WaterOne, water mains can rupture due to aging pipes, ground shifts, and changing soil conditions.

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