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Water line break causes flooding on ‘The Hill’ in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. — A water line break caused moderate flooding Thursday morning in a city that has already experienced more than its fair share of high waters.

Water started flooding between 5-6 residences and 6-7 cars around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of College Avenue and Lincoln Place — an area known as “The Hill,” a well-known college neighborhood in Boulder.

The eight-inch break was especially damaging to basement apartments in the area — and there are no shortage of them.

As of 6 a.m., City of Boulder spokesperson Mike Banuelos said emergency crews had stopped the flow of water and repaired the pipe. But as of 8:30 a.m., they were still working to pump the water out of those flooded basements.

When asked about what caused the flood, Banuelos said “unfortunately, it’s due to lingering effects of the flood. We have a very high water table right now and that caused the ground to shift, which just broke the bottom of the pipe.”

Boulder saw massive flooding in the summer of 2013, killing three and causing millions of dollars in damage.