A busted pipe left part of Elk Grove Boulevard underwater early Wednesday as water gushed unabated onto the asphalt for hours.
The water main pipe burst about 1 a.m., said Sgt. Joshua Magdaleno of the Elk Grove Police Department, and continuing pumping up onto the street for three to four hours until crews could shut the flow off. All homes and businesses in the area retained running water throughout the morning.
When water was siphoned off the road between 5:30 to 6 a.m., crews saw the westbound lane of Elk Grove Boulevard at Laguna Springs Drive had buckled, leaving about four to six inches of earth exposed in some areas. Magdaleno said a sinkhole at least 10 feet deep had likely formed around the water main.
“We periodically get a fire hydrant (bursting) or something like that. But the damage this one caused, I haven’t seen that in a while,” said Magdaleno, an 11-year veteran of the police department.
Flooding stretched north into residential neighborhoods on Snowy Springs Circle and Sabrina Lane. Police were initially concerned they would have to evacuate families into the brisk morning air but ultimately opted against doing so, Magdaleno said. He did not know if any homes were damaged but said the impact was likely minimal.
No cause of the break had been determined as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. The affected stretch of westbound Elk Grove Boulevard will remain closed the rest of Wednesday and possibly into Thursday morning, and police are advising drivers to avoid eastbound lanes as well.