Street Flooding in Northern Emeryville After Multiple Water Main Breaks

Published On August 13, 2020 | By Bay City News Service | Breaking News & Alerts, News & Commentary, Public Safety

Reports of multiple water main breaks have caused flooding in the streets of the Northern part of Emeryville and West Berkeley on Wednesday evening. According to Berkeleyside, about 300 households remain without water.

EPD, EBMUD, ACFD and PG&E all responded to the locations to shut off the water and roads and repair the pipes.

Emeryville PD provided regular updates throughout the evening through its Instagram handle.


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The roadway is still closed and will be for sometime. EBMUD will be taking over the scene.

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The north-south artery of Hollis Street in Emeryville was closed in both directions just south of 65th Street while crews from East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) worked to repair a water main break near Ocean Avenue, Emeryville police said late Wednesday.

Berkeley Fire Department urged drivers to be cautious when traveling in the area west of Sacramento Street and south of University Avenue where they said there appeared to have been several breaks.


EBMUD public information officer Andrea Pook said there were about 16 breaks throughout Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville and North Oakland. Pook said estimates for a return to service are not concrete but expected to be restored by mid-day.

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Since this is breaking news, we will update this story as events unfold and new information becomes available.

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4 Responses to Street Flooding in Northern Emeryville After Multiple Water Main Breaks

  1. Benay Curtis-Bauer says:

    41st Street Between Adeline and Linden had 2 similar leaks recently. Are all the water mains wearing out at the same time?

  2. pixiestix says:

    did this have anything to do with all of the alarms in the area a few hours earlier? we walked from Berkeley Bowl to Powell on the greenway around 7pm and there were multiple buildings that had (fire?) alarms going off – the complex where OSH is, the Amazon building, several of the industrial buildings between hollis & the train tracks.

    • Anonymous says:

      Probably so, since fire sprinklers are usually tied into the fire alarm. Once a system loses pressure, the alarm will go off to alert officials something is wrong with it.

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