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Ruptured pipe cuts off water to Pinellas senior community

A minivan struck an above-ground water pipe in Seminole this afternoon, leaving 386 homes in a senior community without water and causing damage to several homes near the pipe, authorities said. The minivan struck the pipe at Oakhurst Road and 94th Avenue at about 1:40 p.m., , according to Brad Dyken, spokesman with City of Seminole Fire Rescue. It supplies water to Tamarac by the Gulf, a senior community. Water from the ruptured pipe flowed through the senior community, damaging several homes. It was several minutes before the water was turned off, Dyken said. The minivanís driver, Katelynn OíConnor, 29, of Seminole, received minor injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, and was taken to Largo Medical Center.
She has been charged with careless driving and driving while license suspended, FHP said.
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