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String of water main breaks hit Millbrae
December 14, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Angela Swartz/Daily Journal
Crews at Lomita Avenue between Ridgewood and Bayview drives worked on fixing one of six water main breaks in Millbrae Friday.

About 1,000 homes in Millbrae were without water early Friday morning following a bizarre string of six water main breaks that occurred overnight.

The first break occurred at 11:20 p.m. Thursday night in the vicinity of Camino Alto and Silva Court. A second water main break occurred at 1:20 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Loyola Drive and Murchison Avenue.

At 4 a.m., two lines had breaks, one at the intersection of Helen and Geraldine drives and one near the intersection of Larkspur and Ridgewood drives. Another break occurred at Millbrae Avenue and Minorca Way at 6 a.m. Friday.

Service was restored to all but around 150 homes at around 7 a.m. Friday, however, Public Works crews repaired the lines throughout the day and had restored service to five of the six lines by Friday afternoon. The last break was expected to be repaired Friday night so service could be restored to 25 homes, city officials said.

Streets were closed within the city while crews made repairs. Lomita Avenue between Ridgewood Drive and Bayview Drive was closed, Helen Drive between Tioga Drive and Christine Lane was closed and Camino Alto at Silva Court was cordoned off.

City officials said Friday afternoon they are still not certain what caused the water mains to break but are working with other agencies and cities to eliminate possible causes.



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