Busted Fire Hydrant Causes Flooding in Downtown Clayton

November 27, 2012 · 35 comments

A busted fire hydrant caused parts of Downtown Clayton to flood just before 3pm on Tuesday afternoon.

There are no reports of any major damage, and no injuries have been reported. The person who hit the hydrant with their vehicle was uninjured, and remained on scene.

Thanks to Rich for the top pictures and Justin for the two on the bottom!

1 Cowellian November 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Thar she blows!

2 jtkatec November 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

We need to put hydrants on the endangered species list. Are there any left?

3 Starfish November 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Those fire hydrants just keep jumping in fron of cars. New Ordinance—if you see a moving firehydrant:

1) The fire hydrant has the right of way.
2) The fire hydrant can move as fast or slow as it wants.
3) All people seeing moving fire hydrants will immediately have their licenses revoked.

4 The Dude November 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

It’s sad that we now have to specify that the person remained on scene in stories about collisions, and them fleeing is the standard.

5 It's been too long since we had one of these. November 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

too bad they couldn’t have put some red and green lights shining on it for the holidays.

6 Free Car Wash November 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Is it the one at the Post Office again?

7 CLAYCORD.com November 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Yes.

8 Susan November 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Talk about the walk (wait) of shame…

9 Free Car Wash November 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

OKFine, what’s Plan C going to be? But they put in a bollard (pipe with cement in it) to protect it after it was hit last time.
http://claycord.com/2010/06/08/car-hits-fire-hydrant-in-downtown-clayton/

10 Elwood November 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Damn fool hydrants anyway!

11 Cap'n Nick November 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Wasn’t it about this time last year when we saw the beginning of another string of senseless hydracides?

12 nytemuvr November 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

They are Dalicks from Dr. Who(BBC sci-fi show) and are going to take over the world..mark my words…will the recycle places take these?

13 Subterfuge November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

So, is there something about this hydrant that makes it prone to being hit by idiots?

14 the Shi ite November 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

That’s a crappy location, and they’ve added one protective post but the post doesn’t protect it from overhang of cars pulling into that spot.

15 Smokey November 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Get ready – it might look like this after the soaking we’re predicted to get this week.

16 Wonder November 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

But we saved money hiring that engineer fresh out of school to design everything.

17 skippy November 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It’s time these poor fireplugs wore reflective clothing.

18 Triple Canopy November 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Hey Claycord moderators… how about ya set up an ongoing count of how many hydrants get creamed every year in Claycord?

19 Starfish November 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Susan–what walk(wait). I hear the sadness in you.

20 Cap'n Nick November 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

@Triple Canopy, we’re going to need an app for that.

21 Starfish November 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Sounds like you need coffee. I do make a mean pot of coffee–wish I could share some with you.

22 Todd November 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Busted, really? Busted? I believe the real terminalogy would maybe be broken??? Or maybe even damaged?

23 Cowellian November 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

It looks busted to me.

24 Winston November 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I know this is beating a dead horse, but people hitting fire hydrants hard enough to break them means they were driving recklessly. We need slower traffic on all our streets (and that means redesigning the streets to make people drive more slowly). Each time someone hits a fire hydrant it’s only luck that prevents them from being a killer like David Rosen.

25 Dorothy November 27, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I see the hydrants still can’t get out of the way fast enough.

26 Engineered To Perfection November 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

OK, hydrant gets busted twice. That’s two votes for Poor design or placement … whatever you want to call it. Putting one next to one of the most used driveways in the city seems, ah, DUMB ! Like I tell guys at work “engineers are provided for our entertainment”.

27 Sgt Turdy November 27, 2012 at 9:47 PM

What we need is fire hydrants that are clad in Explosive Reactive Armour (like some tanks have). When the projectile (or car) hits the armour, an explosive charge is detonated which deflects impact from the projectile and away from the armour. I figure we can clad fireplugs for about $20 k each. Problem solved.

28 Cap'n Nick November 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Sgt. Turdy, I like where your head’s at.

29 Gjets November 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Don’t call the fire dept they are probably sleeping, eating or counting their pensions for life while the rest of us work a real job.

30 @ Winston November 28, 2012 at 6:43 AM

A fire hydrant can easily be broken off in a 5MPH collision. I’ve seen it happen even slower than that. So to say that anybody who breaks one off is a reckless driver and one step away from a family killer is absurd, to say the least.

31 @GJets November 28, 2012 at 7:34 AM

@GJets, thats just painfully stupid. I guess next time you or a loved one has that massive heart attack you can call your favorite right wing radio host….And whats your “Real Job”?

32 Winston November 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

@30, I guess if I don’t like the way you drive I should stay off the sidewalk.

33 skippy November 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM

@GJETS- you can’t argue with people like that, just feel sorry for them. They have been brainwashed by right-wing media to believe that the problems with this country have been created by hard working people like teachers, nurses, police and firefighters, and yes, truck drivers and people who bake bread for Hostess for $12/hour, instead of the CEOs of the companies who file bankruptcy and then reward themselves with over $1million in incentive bonuses (like Hostess did), and the Wall Street moguls. Sad, uninformed, and pathetic. Just ignore them, and hopefully they will go away, and continue to lose elections.

34 jtkatec November 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Our Dearly Beloved Fire Hydrant was killed in an automobile accident at the ripe old age of two.

Fire Hydrant left behind his spouse, Sprinker and two children, Hose and Coupling.

Services to be held at the Concord Public Works yard, reception to follow.

(I think someone else could have done better on the obituary.)

35 Mimi (original) November 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I hate it when those darned fire hydrants jump out at you unprovoked!! I’ve seen it before and I’m sure there’s a conspiracy!

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