Flooding in Paso threatens homes

Quick action of emergency personnel prevents damage

PASO ROBLES — Water was found flowing from Pino Way down to Jackson Drive from a broken pipe caused by a vehicle accident in the evening hours on Saturday, Feb. 3. The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services received notification at 8:37 p.m. from local police of a broken water main threatening to flood nearby residents of Jackson Drive and Union Road.

Firefighters responded quickly, working in knee-deep mud and water to divert impinging water from entering a house in the flood path. After clearing a simultaneous emergency incident, a battalion chief arrived with two additional engines to assist in the flood response. Ten firefighters with mutual aid from Cal Fire kept water damage to a minimum. Firefighters removed water from a garage and outbuilding and diverted water from numerous other homes. Paso Robles Public Works and Police Department personnel provided additional assistance.

As of Sunday, Public Works was on scene completing repairs to the broken pipe on Pino Way. The cause of the incident is under investigation, but initial indications point toward a severed Fire Hydrant from an apparent hit-and-run vehicle accident on Jackson Drive.

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