Van crashes into fire hydrant Saturday, resulting in flooding of downtown Edmonds businesses

The aftermath of the early-morning collision in Edmonds. (Photos courtesy of the Edmonds Police Department)

Thousands of gallons of water flooded downtown Edmonds businesses Saturday morning after a delivery van hit a fire hydrant and broken an underground water line just before 6 a.m.

According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mike Blackburn, police and firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to a reported automobile collision at 5th Avenue South and Alder Street at 5:55 a.m. Saturday. Officers discovered that the van had hit both a power pole and the hydrant, which broke the hydrant’s underground water line.

“Thousands of gallons of water were released at 120 psi until firefighters were able to dig to the partially buried and now submerged shut-off valve,” Blackburn said. Water that escaped from the broken line flooded into and around three nearby businesses in the 300 and 400 blocks of 5th Avenue South, Blackburn said. It wasn’t immediately known which businesses were flooded and how serious the damage was.

Snohomish County PUD responded to the scene to inspect the impacted power pole for damage, while the City of Edmonds Public Works Water Department responded for the line damage.

There were no injuries from the collision, Blackburn added.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, Sgt. Blackburn provided an update that the properties affected were Beck’s Funeral Home at 405 5th Ave S., LoadStar at 303 5th Ave. S., and Wells Fargo Advisors at 315 5th Ave S.

Mud from the flood came up to the doorway of the Loadstar business at 303 Fifth Avenue South.
By Saturday afternoon, sandy streets bordering Fifth and Maple bore final traces of the flooding.

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