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A resident who can't escape water main breaks

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: A resident who can't escape water main breaks
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While residents were frantically trying to get their cars out of harm’s way Tuesday morning, one Syracuse man was experiencing a bit of déjà vu. Our Cara Thomas tells us about how poor infrastructure in Syracuse not only cost a man one car, it could have been two.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When Matthew Heath woke up Tuesday morning, he was faced with an unexpected question.

"I just got a text from my friend, it said 'Are you flooded right now?' I had no idea what he was talking about," he said.

When he came down from his apartment, Heath found his car surrounded by water. Just after 7 a.m., a water main burst at the intersection of Walton and Franklin, flooding Armory Square.

Water Superintendent Paul Trovato said, "Especially this being a 16 inch main causes a lot of damage that you can see. So basically, we're just going to clean up the intersection and get the restoration done after we fix the water main and go from there."

But this water main break isn't a first for Heath. It was only five months ago when he parked his previous car in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"On Fayette, there was a water main break and it was shooting up like a geyser and my car was about five to 10 feet away from it and basically, the road that was being taken up fell on my car and totaled that car," said Heath.

He admits the City of Syracuse's old water main system may not be the only factor into his many car misfortunes.

He said, "I should tell you also that car has been hit twice already from being down here, so this car might be cursed. I don't know what's going on with it."

But his luck must have finally kicked in, despite the flooding around his car, Heath was able to drive away without a scratch or apparent water damage.

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