Molalla street flooded after car hits hydrant
A car crashed into a Molalla water hydrant around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, on Molalla Avenue near Frances Street. There were no serious injuries, according to the Molalla Police.
However, Molalla Public Works and the Molalla Fire Department were called out because the hydrant was leaking. They coordinated an emergency shutdown and flushed water from the hydrant for about five hours. The area immediately around the hydrant was flooded.
Molalla Avenue and the sidewalk were undermined by the waterline break and require repairs. Currently, the Public Works department has made the site safe and plans to release a contract for a contractor to repair the hydrant soon.
"The water treatment plant saw a small turbidity spike around 4 p.m. Monday, but there were no problems associated with it," Public Works Director Gerald Fisher said in an email. "There is no health risk or situation that requires public notices."
The city estimates a total of 280,8609 gallons of water was spilled because of the accident.
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