Streets turn into rivers after water main breaks in San Francisco

A water main broke early Wednesday in San Francisco’s St. Francis Wood neighborhood. Photos posted on social media show streets covered in water.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was alerted of the underground pipe break near the Dewey traffic circle at 6:30 a.m.

“Expect major traffic delays if traveling through Dewey Circle (Taraval, Dewey, and Claremont intersection),” SFPUC spokesperson Betsy Lauppe Rhodes shared in a statement. “Please use alternate routes.

Crews are still locating and isolating the break. “There is no estimated time of repair at this time,” says Rhodes.

“No homes are without water as of 9:30 a.m. “They may experience some water shutdowns later this morning, as crews continue with repair work,”SFPUC spokesperson Will Reisman says.

KRON-TV reporter Will Tran was on the scene talking with workers who told him that when the pipe broke “the force was strong enough to crack and lift roadway.”

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