A roughly 20-foot jet stream of water erupted from the sidewalk for over an hour after a fire hydrant was hit by a car Wednesday.
At approximately 3:56 p.m., Lodi police and city public works crews responded to the corner of West Turner and Lower Sacramento roads where there were reports of the road being flooded.
The road, it turned out, was already several inches deep in water after a car had hit a fire hydrant head-on across the street from Meritage Apartments.
According to Cpl. Dale Eubanks of the Lodi Police Department, the damage to car is unknown, as the driver fled the scene.
By 5 p.m, three separate city crews had come out to try and contain the water. However, the cap to the fire hydrant could not be found, and the water continued to erupt from the ground.
Eubanks said the map pinpointing the valve to turn off the water was inaccurate, hence the delay.
Crews eventually had to remove the hydrant from its spot entirely in order to try and contain the water.
They used a bucket to locate the turn-off valve and were finally able to shut the water off about an hour after the incident occurred.
Eubanks said within five minutes, the water had drained.
Though he was told that the water loss was roughly 800 gallons per minute, Eubanks said that number may not be entirely accurate.
Traffic had slowed dramatically as people attempted to avoid hydroplaning as they drove through the inches of water, which continued to rise steadily as the water poured out.
Lodi police and Police Partners were both out to direct traffic.
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