A water main burst in downtown Corvallis, Ore., and flooded some streets for about two hours.
The Gazette-Times reported a four-block section will be without water a day or longer while crews dig up and repair the damaged 20-inch iron pipe.
It burst about 3 p.m. Tuesday, and water initially flowed at a rate of thousands of gallons a minute.
Workers in an insurance office said the asphalt outside heaved, a car alarm went off as the pavement rose above the curb, and they at first thought it was an earthquake.
The water reached a few inches from the door to their office.
Water pressure was reduced citywide for a few hours.
City crews pumped water from basements. Damage reports were not immediately available.
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