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Palo Alto streets reopen after water main break

Crews to finish repairs on Monday

A Palo Alto intersection has reopened Friday evening, after a water main break caused it to be closed for most of the day, according to police.

Hillview Avenue at Hanover Street was reopened to traffic around 5 p.m., according to police.

Police first announced the water main break on Twitter at around 7:20 a.m.

Crews were able to make some repairs to the 12-inch water main, said City of Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert.

A coupling that secured a segment of the water main broke, causing the rupture, Elvert said. The coupling broke because of ground movement or shifting, she added.

"We live in a seismically active area," Elvert said. "It is very common for a pipe to break after seismic movement."

Six to eight feet of the pipe will need to be replaced, she said. Crews will finish the repairs on Monday. Repair work is expected to be finished before Monday morning's commute, Elvert added.

No injuries or major damages to homes were reported.

For updates, visit cityofpaloalto.org.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff/Bay City News Service

Comments

4 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

Aging infrastructure failing, or is this poor installation/maintenance?


14 people like this
Posted by Not again!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

This happened two years ago, and the city tried hard to get out of paying for all the water damage it did to residents' homes.

If there is property damage with the flood from this rupture, residents should consult attorneys.

What the city did to residents two years ago was shameful.


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Posted by Mapquest
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

"If there is property damage with the flood from this rupture, residents should consult attorneys."

Fortunately, the break was in Stanford Industrial Park. No residential houses nearby.


3 people like this
Posted by Central Water Break
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Another giant break on Central by Charleston! Huge spouts of water shooting up at around 530pm today, making the right lane entirely unusable during rush hour.


5 people like this
Posted by Moneys Worth
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm

As long as we keep investing in more employee benefits and pensions, and less in infrastructure and asphalt, expect to see more events like this.


3 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 16, 2015 at 9:27 pm

"As long as we keep investing in more employee benefits and pensions, and less in infrastructure and asphalt, expect to see more events like this."

And who do you think is going to fix things when they break? Things do break, you know.


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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

@Curmudgeon - pensions don't do repairs.


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