Water main break in Concord leaves big hole

A water main break in Concord shut down San Miguel Road and left a large hole in the street.
March 3, 2014 6:14:14 PM PST
A water main break in Concord shut down San Miguel Road and left a large hole in the street. There was a large geyser spraying water into the air. The big mess means crews will need 10 to 12 hours to fix the problem and the damage.

Monday afternoon, the 36-inch pipe burst. ABC7 News was told it was actually an air valve attached to the pipe that initially failed, leading to a break in the transmission line. It's a main line that always has water running through it.

The water main was shut off fairly quickly, without damaging to the surrounding homes here. There was also no interruption to water service at any time during this incident.

"It's kind of like the freeway for water. It brings water out to the different distribution points, so they're able to shut off the valves in order to keep the service from being interrupted," said Jim Freschi from the Contra Costa Water district.

The water was shut off fairly quickly without damage to the surrounding homes. There was also no interruption to water service at any time during this incident.

The crews managed to pump out the water that was inside the hole. The hole in the street was made by the pipe. This was not a sick hole. The crews think it will take about 4 hours in order for them to finish.