Water main break damages West Sacramento street

7:01 PM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
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Water main pipe gives out at Jefferson Boulevard and West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento, Dec. 10, 2013.

WEST SACRAMENTO - Thousands of gallons of water bubbled up from the middle of a West Sacramento street Tuesday following a water main break.

The 10-inch rupture happened under the road at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and West Capitol Avenue. Like a pot of boiling water overflowing, the water pressure left the roadway buckled, streets flooded, and dirt all over nearby surface roads.

Public works crews rushed to shut off the water valve, while West Sacramento fire crews helped direct traffic.

"The age of the pipe -- probably due to the cold weather and the cold ground -- will make the pipe crack and that's what you see here," said Dan Mount, operations manager for West Sacramento Public Works.

Mount said that stretch of piping was among the oldest in the area. No businesses were impacted, but the road will take at least a day or two to repair.

Mount said this is just the start of a busy season ahead.

"I would say this is probably the first one of many [breaks]," he said.


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