Rome Ave. reopens after massive water main break in Tampa

Posted at 10:34 PM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 16:36:23-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Rome Ave. has reopened, and neighbors are applauding the City of Tampa's quick turnaround on North Rome Avenue after a massive water main break flooded the area. 

Residents say crews were out 24/7 over the weekend, repairing piping and restoring the street after closing it down Thursday. 

Scotty Harris watched on Monday as workers put down fresh asphalt while battling the exhaustive heat. 

Related: Massive water main break closes portion of N. Rome Avenue in Tampa

"This has been going on every day, all day," said Harris. "I'm telling you, they've been putting it in. I feel like bringing those guys some water, there's a lot of them."

The abrupt four-day makeover of Rome Avenue was caused by a pipe burst Thursday. Tampa engineers believe the problem stretches back decades when the pipe was installed in 1954. 

Water spewed several feet into the air for hours, flooding eight homes. The City of Tampa has promised to pay for all damages related to the flooding. 

"I haven't been home because of the smell, the humid smell, like I've been getting sick," said Karina Figueredo. 

More than six inches of water crept inside Figueredo's home on Rome Avenue. The family is still cleaning up days after the water main break. 

ABC Action News was there Monday as crews placed fresh sod over front yards ruined Thursday. 

The Figueredo's are thankful the City of Tampa restored their front yard, completely washed away by last week's geyser-like flooding.