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Damaged hydrant causes flooding after hit and run accident

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Yards flooded in the neighborhood after a vehicle hit a fire hydrant in the area. Yards flooded in the neighborhood after a vehicle hit a fire hydrant in the area.

A hit and run accident damaged a fire hydrant and caused flooding Friday night in a Vanderburgh County neighborhood. 

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened on Werner Road, near the intersection of Werner and Inglefield.

People living near the incident tell 14 News that they've never seen anything like it.

"I ran out of the house and saw a river in my yard," Brad Jones said.

It was about 4:50 p.m. when the sheriff's office got the call of a hit and run accident and water everywhere.

"It looks like a river going through a bunch of yards," Julia Weiss said.

"We heard the word river and we came running," said Alyssa Hollingsworth.

After spending time at the scene, deputies believe a driver hit a stop sign and a fire hydrant, then drove away.

Neighbors say the hydrant started shooting water. The water ran along the road, through multiple yards, and into one woman's garage.

"We had about five feet of water in our garage. We had to pull out a motorcycle, our chainsaws, our leaf-blowers, all that sort of stuff," Weiss said.

Some people living nearby say the damage probably won't cost them, but others think they'll be paying to make repairs.

"I have a pretty big driveway and it'll take a lot of gravel to fill it back up, and all the landscaping. I don't even know if everything still works out of the garage," Weiss said.

Neighbors say they're frustrated that the driver left the scene.

"I highly doubt somebody wouldn't notice them hitting a fire hydrant, but I would suggest that you own up to it because it caused damage," Weiss said.

Water crews were able to stop the water from flowing out of the hydrant, but deputies say they still don't know who the driver was.

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