SF water main break damages dozens of homes

(Excerpt from press release)

San Francisco, CA – At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27th, crews responded to water flowing from underneath the intersection of Wawona Street and 15th Avenue in San Francisco. The 16-inch cast iron pipe under the road dates back to 1952, and pulled apart at a joint near that intersection. The cause is still under investigation. This water transmission line transports water from Sutro Reservoir to the Excelsior District. Only one resident lost water service.


At this time, 23 homes and 12 vehicles suffered water damage.  Water service was restored to the single residence without water at 3:00 p.m.  Six residences were yellow tagged by the Department of Building Inspection, and will be reassessed by City staff to assure they are structurally safe.  However, no residents have been displaced because of this incident.  Residents who wish to file a claim with the City should contact the City Claims Department at 415-554-3900.

Crews cleaned up the mud and debris from the site throughout the day. Repairs to the water line will be completed this evening.

However, 15th Ave from West Portal to Wawona Street will remain completely closed through tomorrow – Thursday, February 28, 2013.  This is necessary to complete the repairs to the sinkhole in the street.

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