The doorbell rang and it was 1:30 am on a Saturday morning. It was my neighbor telling me about a small problem on the street. I looked out and the entire block was flooded. Water was moving. It was dark, and while my street light was working, it shed little light in the blackness. However I figured out the old AC pipeline in front of my house had sheared and the block’s leak was actually my problem. We had no water. Fortunately the water department was able to get the main repaired in a couple hours.
The next morning we were not as lucky. Another break on the next street over had shut us down again. AC water main, but this time under a tree. They had to remove the tree before fixing the line. We were out all day. The water plant guys and the repair crew said that the lines were supposed to be replaced a couple years ago, but that the City had delayed the replacement for budget problems.