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Truck knocks over fire hydrant in downtown Modesto, creating small flood

(Erin Tracy/etracy@modbee.com) - A broken fire hydrant spewed water two stories high at a rate of 2,500 gallons per minute on Ninth Street Thursday afternoon, flooding streets and obstructing traffic. on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.
(Erin Tracy/etracy@modbee.com) - A broken fire hydrant spewed water two stories high at a rate of 2,500 gallons per minute on Ninth Street Thursday afternoon, flooding streets and obstructing traffic. on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.

A broken fire hydrant spewed water two stories high at a rate of 2,500 gallons per minute on Ninth Street Thursday afternoon, flooding streets and obstructing traffic.

The fire hydrant was hit by a man driving a delivery truck as he pulled out of the McDonald’s parking lot at Ninth and I Streets at about 1:30 p.m.

Northbound traffic on Ninth Street was reduced to one lane as city water crews worked to turn the water off.

It took crews 90 minutes to shut it off, during which about 225,000 gallons was lost, according to Deputy Public Works Director Allen Lagarbo.

The silver lining?

Lagabo said the accident helped clean the pipes out, which are supposed to be flushed once a year.

The hydrant is expected to be repaired Friday morning.

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