Steveston water main break causes flooding

Crews began repairs to a broken 60-year-old water main in Steveston midday Thursday. - City of Richmond photo
Crews began repairs to a broken 60-year-old water main in Steveston midday Thursday.
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A water main break in Steveston early Thursday morning flooded an intersection and caused damage to nearby homes.

The break happened around 2 a.m. on No. 1 Road at Steveston Highway, in the driveway of the 7-Eleven store.

Crews were cleaning up the roadway by late morning and assisting with the damaged properties while workers continued efforts to locate and fix the break, according to city spokesperson Ted Townsend. He added damage is not serious, but a stretch of road, some sidewalk and some homes suffered damage.

A report from City TV this morning showed a resident taking photos of his flooded yard.

"When we (woke) up we saw all the water go into the house," the resident said. "My furniture (some of it was) damaged by the water."

By noon city crews had isolated the break and started repairs. Townsend estimated work to repair the 60-year-old pipe would take six hours to complete, barring any unexpected complications.

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