Hydrant break creates gusher of water

By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
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Several drivers traveling onto High Street from Highway 49 in Auburn Saturday morning were greeted with a sky high gush of water. A fire hydrant off High Street and Elm Avenue was reportedly hit by a vehicle, which then drove off, said Craig McArdle, captain with the Auburn Fire Department. Southbound highway 49 remained closed after 4 p.m. Saturday. Someone hit the hydrant, causing it to break off, McArdle said after the incident that occurred at roughly 11 a.m. The water was squirting onto some high voltage lines so we decided not to turn off the water right away. McArdle said crews were being cautious to avoid the risk of shock that the high voltage lines may have produced. Fire crews called in Placer County Water Agency workers to adjust the valves and reduce the water's flow. Once they turned off the water, a pipe broke under the street in the intersection, McArdle said. It caused significant damage to the road and crews will likely be fixing and repairing the section until late tonight. Residents were encouraged to use Borland Avenue as an alternate route until crews could reopen the closed section of Highway 49. ” Jenna Nielsen