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Old 06-06-2003
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KAILUA, Oahu, Hawaii -- Repair crews are filling up a big hole that opened up on North ***** Avenue in Kailua.

The break happened just before 9:30 a.m. along North ***** Avenue.

The hole is the result of a water main break.

The intersection of North ****** Avenue and **** Circle near Kailua Beach turned into a pond Monday morning.

Sand and water came out of this sinkhole in the sidewalk, when an 8-inch water main burst at around 8:30 a.m.

"It was spouting up, like, 6 feet. It was loud and it just kept coming. I called 911, I said, 'Are you going come send someone?'" ****** said.

***** is visiting from California, and staying at her Mom's house just across the street:

"We just started seeing the water coming down the driveway, coming towards the house, all in the yard. It was really scary," ***** said.

Once the water was shut off, workers found the hole, about 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 3-4 feet deep.

Despite the amount of water that came out the hole, there was more inconvenience than actual damage.

Flooding was confined mainly to yards across the street.

"Just went right under the house, to the back yard, little bit in the garage, not too bad," **** said.

Traffic was diverted off ****** Avenue to side streets while repairs were made.

The Board of Water Supply expected the break to be fixed by the evening.
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