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Water main break damages home

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FORT WORTH -

An elderly Fort Worth man is cleaning up after a water main break flooded his house.

He's hoping the city makes good on its promise to pay for the damages.

It happened in the 3900 block of Pate Drive.

Aubrey Mays says he was watching television around midnight Thursday when he heard a strange noise.

"I thought it was hail. I jumped up, opened the door and water was gushing," Mays said.

The water main broke out in the street. The force was so strong that it broke out the windows in the front of Mays' home and sent water gushing inside.

The streams of water tore up some shingles and threw gravel up on the roof.

"You could hear the gravel hitting stuff," said Mays.

The main broke in an area where workers are repairing and replacing old metal pipe with new PVC.

Mays' floors are soaked, windows are ruined and there may be leakage inside the attic.

None of that is enough to make the 76-year-old Mays leave his home.

"Gonna be right here, between me and the man upstairs, he gonna take care of me," said Mays.

The Fort Worth homeowner said city officials have assured him they'll pay for repairs.

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