Water main rupture near ECCL shuts down San Pablo

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Waking up to Helicopters circling above is never a good thing in our area. Emeryville released a rare Nixle Alert at about 6 a.m indicating the closure of San Pablo on 45th and 53rd due to a water line break. Drivers have been alerted to expect delays near 47th as traffic has been reduced to one lane in either direction.


The rupture was conspicuously close to the Emeryville Center of Community Life construction. “I haven’t heard the cause of the main break” noted Emeryville Public Works Director Maurice Kaufman. “I don’t believe it was due to any ongoing construction. The ECCL contractor has had an issue with groundwater on 47th Street that we have suspected as being a leaky water main”.

ABC 7 news is reporting that nearby Escuela Bilingue Internacional school has canceled classes for the day. EBMUD crews have been dispatched to the scene and hope to have the break repaired by 5 p.m. EBMUD officials expressed concern of the break possibly causing a sinkhole. Because this is breaking news, we will update this post as more information becomes available.

Feature Image: ABC7 reporter Matt Keller via Twitter.

Water line break closes parts of San Pablo Ave in Emeryville

By Emily Kirschenheuter
EMERYVILLE (KRON) — Authorities in Emeryville have closed San Pablo Ave between 45th and 53rd streets due to a water line break Tuesday morning.

The emergency road closure was put into effect around 5:37 a.m.

The streets are closed to all traffic in both directions.

Police are advising drivers to use alternative routes.

The Escuela Bilingüe Internacional school, located at 4550 San Pablo Avenue, has cancelled classes for the day.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. Interesting to note that there was a subsequent water main break at 46th and Adeline on Tuesday afternoon, April 5, that took all night Tuesday to repair. There had been a water main break a block away from there 10 days earlier, at 45th and Linden. Is there a pattern here? What might be causing these?

    • I did speak with one city employee that suspected shutting down the first break may have indeed led to an increase in water pressure and caused the second rupture.

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