Street Flooded in Kentfield When Water Main Breaks

By: Sylvia Ramirez - Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:19:41 -0800

KENTFIELD (BCN) -- Repairs are being made to fix a pipe and buckled asphalt after a water main burst early Thursday morning, a Marin Municipal Water District spokesperson said.
 
The Kentfield Fire Protection District responded to the leak, at  Eliseo Drive and Via La Cumbre near the Greenbrae border, around 2:15 a.m., fire Capt. Dave Glenn said.
      
The California Highway Patrol was at the scene when the fire  department arrived, Glenn said.
      
Water from the ruptured main caused an 18- to 20-foot stretch of  one lane of Eliseo Drive to rise about 6 inches, Glenn said.
      
The water district was informed of the break in the underground  4-inch cast-iron pipe at 3:22 a.m., district spokeswoman Libby Pischel said.
      
The estimated flow was 2,200 gallons per minute, and the water was  shut off at 3:46 a.m. she said.
      
With that flow, about 200,000 gallons of water would have spilled  from the main between 2:15 a.m. and 3:46 a.m.
      
Thirteen homes initially lost water service, and the district cut  off water to 20 additional homes this morning in order to access the water  main and repair it sooner, Pischel said.
      
The cause of the rupture is unknown, but the water main was  installed in 1952 and a valve may have broken, Pischel said.

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