The water flowed for hours, bubbling up from the ground right in front of Park Plaza Condominiums in North Oakland.
The water buckled the sidewalk and driveway in front of the high-rise.
The break was first noticed Saturday night.
“I noticed it 10:30 last night because of the water pressure. I looked outside and it look like a flood. Like a river,” Dean Economos said.
A stream of water flowed into the basement and all the way around the block for hours.
“I just talked to the manager. He said the basement was flooded. And that’s where everyone keeps their storage area,” Ben Paskus said.
Workers from Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority didn’t locate the shut-off valve until Sunday morning, about 11 hours later.
The break also affected other people who live nearby.
Emma Rogers lives at the end of the block. She had CMU graduation ceremonies Sunday morning and woke up to no water on her big day.
“So, a little inconvenient. Can’t bring me down,” Rogers said.
PWSA drained the hydrants and determined it was a private water line from the condominium building that burst, not the water company’s 20-inch line.
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