Downtown Danville was back to its hot summer normalcy on Saturday after hosting thousands on the morning of the Fourth of July for the Kiwanis San Ramon Valley Parade, then having a water main break around 6 p.m. that same evening near the intersection of Hartz Avnue and Diablo Road.
The water main break was reported around 6 p.m. Thursday. Police immediately closed the intersection as water flowed from the ruptured 10-inch East Bay Municipal Utility District water main into the streets, town spokesman Geoff Gillette said.
Side streets in the area, including Rose Street and Linda Mesa, were also closed to traffic.
Around 12:30 a.m., water coming from the broken main stopped flowing and surface water on the streets around the break began to subside.
Hartz and East Linda Mesa avenues reopened around 6:30 a.m., while Diablo Road from Hartz Avenue to Front Street remains closed, according to Gillette, as a result of the water main break and flooding on Thursday evening. Road closures stayed in effect until city maintenance staff cleared all the debris from the roadway.
Motorists were encouraged to detour around Diablo Road by using either Front Street or East Linda Mesa Avenue, as EBMUD crews worked Friday to repair the damaged water main. Motorists heading to Danville from Interstate 680 were advised to use the Sycamore Valley Road or El Cerro Boulevard exits.
Some homes in the area remained without water service Friday morning, with service expected to be restored later that day, according to Gillette.