Driver breaks hydrant, causes geyser that creates muddy mess in Valley Center neighborhood

Posted at 5:50 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 16:28:31-04

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (KGTV) - A broken fire hydrant in a Valley Center neighborhood sent water into the street Tuesday morning, causing damage to the roadway and some nearby homes.

The incident was reported at about 5 a.m. on Rolling Rock Road near Mountain Lilac Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators say a car -- believed to be a Mazda -- struck the hydrant and fled the scene.

At about 6:10 a.m., crews were able to shut off the water coming from the broken hydrant.

The water flow created a wet mess on the outside of some nearby homes, but no serious damage was immediately reported.

Resident Martha Shearer said the muddy mess didn't reach her jacuzzi, but it entered her swimming pool.

Shearer told 10News she recently paid $1,500 for a new pump for the pool, so her grandchildren could get in once the weather gets warmer.

The gushing water from the hydrant also left a mess in her driveway.

Shearer said she'll probably have to pay for the mess, even though it was caused by someone else. She feels fortunate the water did not get inside her home.