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Yards flooded in Chula Vista after SUV plows into hydrant

Posted at 5:40 AM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 11:11:44-04
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- The yards of several homes were flooded early Thursday morning after an SUV crashed into a fire hydrant in a Chula Vista neighborhood, creating a water geyser.
 
Just before 2 a.m., neighbors in the 100 block of Walnut Drive told Chula Vista police they heard a crash and a man yelling profanities. They came outside to find an SUV had sheared off a fire hydrant, sending water shooting into the air. The driver had fled the scene on foot, police said.
 
It took more than an hour to shut off the water because responding Chula Vista Fire Department crews were unsure which water district the hydrant belonged to, police said. By that time, the front and back yards of at least five homes were flooded. There was no immediate word on whether the homes themselves sustained any water damage. 
 
Police went to the address where the SUV was registered, but had not located the suspect as of 5:30 a.m.
 
The exact circumstances of the crash are under investigation.