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Water main breaks in Napa continue to plague city

Since a 6.0 earthquake struck Napa, city crews have been chasing down about 130 water main breaks and believe there will be more.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
There have been about 130 water pipe leaks in Napa since the earthquake struck nine days ago and a big leak on Stadium Avenue is the latest.

"I came outside and I was just wondering, 'Where's all the water coming from?'" neighbor Don Carrillo said.

It started percolating out of the street around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when most people were still at work. City crews quickly dug their way to the six-inch water main, wrapped it with a stainless steel clamp and restored water service by 5:30 p.m.

"We got water in the kitchen now. Water is coming out slowly but surely," said neighbor Cindy Martin. "The city of Napa... again... awesome. They took care of business. They came through."

But the city says each time it repairs a water main, they re-pressurize the lines and another weak spot ruptures.

"In the last week or so we've been going around Napa on our bikes and finding these spontaneous leaks everywhere," Carrillo said.

Much of the city's infrastructure has been compromised and other problems caused by the earthquake are also popping up.

"So I was fine for three days and then all of sudden my electrical started shorting out and my cable went down and my Internet went down," neighbor Lisa Vizza said.

Napa says it has no way of determining how badly the earthquake damaged its system. City crews have been working around the clock with the help from surrounding cities and they're expecting to see more water main breaks in the days to come.

Photo courtesy @DJRottenRobbie via Twitter.
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