On Friday afternoon, Dawn Smith and her two children were leaving lunch at Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen when they noticed water gushing from the ground and flowing down both sides of the road.
At 1:12 p.m., the Lexington Fire Department received a call about a crash on Sharkey Way: a Jeep Liberty had flipped and hit a fire hydrant, fire department Maj. Jason Wells said.
The female driver was uninjured and refused treatment from the paramedics.
Sharkey Way is in a commercial development off Leestown Road, just inside New Circle Road.
The volume of water prompted the fire department to block off a section of Sharkey Way because of fears about the structural integrity of the road.
"We're afraid it is eating away the support underneath the road," Wells said. "That is a big concern."
Kentucky American Water Co. arrived to shut down the water and stop the flow, which might take six to seven hours, said James Brady, a Kentucky American Water employee.
Surrounding businesses felt the effects. Eric Hughes, manager at Firehouse Subs on Sharkey Way, said water pressure was weak, but it was back to normal after 3:30 p.m. Hughes said if the water had to be completely shut off for longer than 30 minutes, the business would have had to shut down for the rest of the evening.
Hughes said he and co-workers went to help after the crash.
"I ran out there with a fire extinguisher just in case, but there was no fire," Hughes said.
At the Holiday Inn Express off of Sharkey Way, the second and third floor were out of water and the first floor's water pressure was weak, Holiday Inn Express Manager Will Walker said.