A gushing water main caused a four-story building to be evacuated and shut down part of Lytton Avenue Tuesday afternoon, June 19, Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said.
Road workers on Lytton struck the main at about 2:10 p.m. causing the water to rush out and flood the basement at 390 Lytton, he said.
The building had a pump, and much of the water was removed. There was no damage, but employees were evacuated, he said.
Lytton was closed at Florence and Waverley streets. City utilities employees shut the water off after 30 minutes. Fire personnel were initially concerned about a utilities vault in the building, but the Palo Alto Utilities Department checked the unit to eliminate any danger.