You Saw It: Water Geyser on San Pablo

East Bay MUD responded to a report of a truck striking a fire hydrant, but had trouble locating the shut-off valve.

A truck struck a fire hydrant Friday afternoon on San Pablo Avenue, causing a tall geyser of water to shoot into the air near the McDonalds not far from the Albany border. 

According to the , a truck hit the hydrant, near 1198 San Pablo Ave., around 1:10 p.m. 

The East Bay Municipal Utility District is working on fixing the leak, but has encountered challenges locating the shut-off, according to the Fire Department, because it may have been paved or cemented over. 

Authorities had to shut down the main to stem the flow, and crews were continuing to work on the problem as of 2 p.m.

Patch thanks reader and blogger  for sharing this photograph of the leak. 

Tanya Grove August 31, 2012 at 09:46 PM
"...encountered challenges locating the shut-off, according to the Fire Department, because it may have been paved or cemented over" So when they were renovating that McDonald's there was probably some worker who asked what to do when they encountered the water shut-off valve. And someone said, "Ah, they'll never miss it—just pave over it so we can get to lunch."
Robert Marshall September 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
There was probably a cover that got paved over when they put the last layer of blacktop down. Wouldn't surprise me. They used to simply slap blacktop over abandoned railroad tracks rather than tear the street up to remove them because of the time and money involved.
Emil Ems September 02, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Wow! This reminds me of a similar incident on Shattuck Avenue in April 2010. A lorry destroyed a hydrant in the middle of that Avenue right across from the Fire Station in South Berkeley. It took the firefighters several hours to get the Geyser to stop. You can see a picture of that event in my blog from April 2010 (towards the end of the blog post) http://emilems.blogspot.se/2010/04/mission-accomplished-to-spruce-and-back.html


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