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Lynne King, a relative, at back right, puts her arm around Meggan Moore as she comes to help care for Meggan while Scott Moore, left, tends to damage to his home in Murray after a water pipe broke in front of his home Thursday, April 14, 2011.

MURRAY — When Scott Moore's pregnant wife heard banging against their garage about 3 a.m. Thursday, she thought someone was trying to break into the house.

Instead, "it was just tons and tons of water rushing," he said.

An 8-inch water main broke early Thursday in front of the Moore's house, 5321 S. Clover Meadow Drive (870 West). Unfortunately, because of where the break happened and because of the slope of Moore's driveway, the water rushed into their garage and into the basement.

Before he knew it, Moore said the water level in the garage was over the car windows. The family was unable to get their cars out. In his basement, the water was about five feet deep.

"It can put a lot of water out pretty quick," said Murray Fire Battalion Chief Mike Dykman. "I think it may have been waist deep or more."

"I just saw, like, all this water in my driveway and I'm like, 'Oh crap,'" was the reaction of Meggan Moore's, Scott Moore's daughter.

All three family members and three family pets were able to escape unharmed.

The water flowed for about an hour before Murray Public Works was able to turn off the water, Moore said. Three valves had to be turned off to stop the flow, Dykman said.

Damage was estimated at $60,000. Water was turned off to about 20 homes as crews worked to fix the problem. All homes had water restored by Thursday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Murray Public Works Department said the cause of the break was being attributed to corrosion on the 30-year-old pipe.

Contributing: Shara Park

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