There was an interesting scene this morning at Discovery Bay Elementary School as a fire hydrant was hit causing a massive amount of water to flow onto the school grounds. East Contra Costa Fire Protection Districts Engine 59 ran the call and in these types of situations, a broken hydrant can put out up to 1,000 gallons per minute. What firefighters typically do in this situation is track down the valve and shut off the water as quick as possible. After that, the firefighters are hands off and the water company will step in and officially shut off the water to do the repairs.
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