Busted Fire Hydrant Floods Bay Area Intersection

By Jessica Greene
|  Friday, Jan 22, 2010  |  Updated 10:43 AM PDT
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Hydrant Geyser Floods Oakland Intersection

Christie Smith

Water shot up about 40 feet into the air in Oakland after a hydrant busted.

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As if there wasn't enough water flowing through the streets of Oakland already after days of rain, the city had to deal with a deluge of a different kind Friday morning.

Police and fire crews are spending their morning mopping up after a fire hydrant incident in East Oakland. NBC Bay Area reporter Christie Smith Water shot about 40 feet into the air from the hydrant at 37th Ave. and East 8th Street at about 8 a.m. Friday.

Firefighters aren't sure if someone hit the hydrant or if some kind of malfunction dislodged the valve.

Police blocked the intersection and have been rerouting traffic as they try to shut off the valve and control the flow.

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