Helpful Witney residents lent a hand as firefighters battled a burst water main in the town last week.
Large parts of Madley Park were flooded following the burst on Thursday last week.
Streets across the estate were inundated when the 60cm diameter pipe exploded at 4pm.
Crews worked with Thames Water to re-establish water supplies and handed out bottled water.
While firefighters from Witney, Bampton, Charlbury and Eynsham quickly closed the A4095, residents grabbed anything they could to build makeshift barriers and sweep the tide away from their homes.
Crews deployed pumps and hoses to divert the water away from homes but also away from Thames Water engineers trying to fix the leak.
Thames Water said some customers in the OX28 and OX29 area still had no water or low pressure on Friday morning before the main was fixed.
Station manager Chris Barber said: “This was a large water main that burst causing water to flow into Madley Park from a number of directions.
“As Thames Water worked hard to isolate the leak, fire crews were deployed to various locations to divert the flow and reduce the risk to properties on the estate.
“There was a fantastic effort from residents as they rallied round and supported their neighbours to prevent water from entering homes and as a result only a few properties were affected inside.”