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Water leak turns to major flood at Turlock apartment complex
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A video from the Turlock Fire Department shows water flowing out of the first floor, which was flooded up to almost window level. - photo by Photo courtesy of Turlock Fire Department

A water leak inside an interior stairwell at a Turlock apartment complex caused a major flood and prompted the evacuation of multiple residents.

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to The Vista apartments at 900 W. Monte Vista Avenue for a report of a major water leak.

Fire crews determined the leak was in an interior stairwell. A video from the fire department shows the stairwell on the first floor flooded up to almost the window and water sloshing through the hallways.

Crews assessed the leak and turned off several water mains to stop the flowing water. Electricity to the west wing of the building was also shut-off due to the extent of the flooding.

Turlock City Fire crews assisted officers from Turlock Police Department with the evacuation of multiple residents and were able to rescue a non- ambulatory victim from a first-floor apartment as the floodwater was rising. An AMR ambulance stood by until it was determined there were no related injuries.
The apartment manager was also on-scene and made all necessary arrangements for placement of the displaced residents into nearby hotels and vacant apartments and dorms.
Turlock City Fire responded with Engines 31, 33, and 34 and a battalion chief, totaling 10 personnel.
The cause of the flooding remains under investigation. Any inquires or information regarding this incident can be addressed by contacting the Fire Marshal at 209 669-2119.