The Kent County Water Authority is replacing a broken water valve that let fresh water pour into sewer lines, causing toilets in three East Greenwich homes to back up early Friday morning.
"This was like a fountain," said Judy McGuire, whose property was flooded.
The water ran into her basement, but right next to a sump pump, so not much collected.
Her neighbor had nearly 5 inches of contaminated water flooding his floor. He was happy when the cleanup specialist arrived.
"People are very glad to see us because we're the company that's coming out to give them a resolution," said Ernest Pullano of Clean Care New England.
The episode began at 3 a.m. when firefighters knocked on the doors of some homes, and the fresh water underground wasn't contained in the sewage pipes.
"When we looked out the door, it was almost a river flowing down. It was just a river flowing down," McGuire said.
The water scoured under the road and pulled up gravel, sweeping it down into a driveway and into a garage.
With workers on the job Friday, water service should be returning to the homes soon.
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