Posey Tube re-opened after water main break

January 29, 2010 12:35:49 PM PST
East Bay MUD crews are fixing a water main break that shutdown the Posey Tube for five hours on Friday morning Traffic through the tube, connecting Alameda and Oakland, started rolling again at about 7:45 a.m.

East Bay MUD and Caltrans workers hurried to pump out the thousands of gallons of water that flooded the Posey Tube from Alameda to Oakland before the morning commute.

A water main burst at about 2:00 a.m. Charles Hardy from East Bay MUD said a break like this are unfortunate, but inevitable.

"Pipes break. We have 4,200 miles of pipes on the ground and some of them are like 100 years old. Like people, they break," he said.

Original reports were that a 24-inch main had burst. After digging into the ground, workers found that a 12-inch line was broken. The line only affected a few businesses, according to East Bay MUD.

The only real victim of the flooding was a driver whose car got flooded. She was on her way to help a friend when she got stranded.

"There is always a flood there. And because of the lighting and the dark, because it was dark, I didn't see how deep it was. I thought it was just a normal flood that's there," the driver said.

Caltrans pushed her car out and helped her bail it out. The car, however, would not start.

"I can't get over there. I went all around the perimeter of the building and I just cannot get in. It's just flooded out," Patricia Lee said.

Lee and Meghan Daniels were told that the broken main flooded the road that left their medical office building inaccessible and without water for the foreseeable future.

"I cannot get to work. I am going home," Daniels said.

The Mariner Square Health Club will also be out of water until Friday evening, according to its manager.

After six hours of pumping and cleaning, the Posey and Webster tubes were open to traffic.

Crews are still working to locate and fix the 12-inch pipe. They are going to try to fix that sometime this afternoon so that they can give water back to the four of five businesses that were affected.

No homes were affected by this water outage.


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