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Early Morning Water Main Break on Monserat Ave.

Post Date:06/02/2017 1:08 PM

Contact: Captain Patrick Halleran, Public Information Officer - Belmont Police & Fire Departments (650) 595-7430

An early morning water main break resulted in four homes being temporally evacuated and the loss of approximately 120,000 gallons of water.  The water flowed for approximately 2 hours and repairs are currently under way.

On Friday 6/2/17 at approximately 3:45 AM, Belmont Fire and Police units responded to a report of a flooding condition at a home in the 2800 block of San Juan Blvd.  Upon arrival, first responders quickly found that the water was coming from the 2600 block of Monserat Ave, which is up hill from the San Juan address.  Emergency crews from the Mid-Peninsula Water District were called out and arrived within an hour.

It was determined that the water was coming from cast iron 6 inch main, which had failed.  The pipe had been installed in the 1950's and connected the water main on Monserat to another water main on San Juan Blvd.  Initially, the residents in four homes, two on Monserat Av, one on San Juan Blvd and one on Monte Cresta Av, were advised to evacuate as a precaution.  The American Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the dozen affected residents.

At approximately 6:00 AM, the water flow was shut off and there were no injuries.  As of this press release, crews from the Mid-Peninsula Water District and City of Belmont are assessing the damage and making repairs. While water service to approximately 20 homes on Monserat was briefly interrupted, normal water service has been restored.  Structural engineers are being consulted regarding possible damage to the home on Monserat Ave, adjacent to the water main break, and to the home on San Juan Blvd.  Geotechnical engineers and arborists will be checking the hillside between Monserat and San Juan Blvd for issues related to erosion.  A video of the water while it was flowing can be viewed on the Belmont Public Safety YouTube Channel,


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     The water flowing toward San Juan Blvd.                          Mud & debris that flowed onto San Juan Blvd.

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