Oakland: Sheared hydrant slows Piedmont Avenue repairs

OAKLAND — Weekend repairs to a fiber-optic cable installation along Piedmont Avenue were delayed Sunday after a bucket-loader truck sheared off a fire hydrant.

Just before 6 p.m., the truck driven by a contractor struck the hydrant at 40th Street, sending heavy flows of water down Piedmont toward MacArthur Boulevard. An Oakland fire dispatcher said EBMUD crews would handle the hydrant.

Crews shut down the hydrant as quickly as possible in order to handle excavation for the pipe connecting it to the water main nearby, East Bay Municipal Urban District spokeswoman Nelsy Rodridgues said.

Rodridges estimated repairs could take as little as four hours.

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Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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