A water main break caused flooding in Downtown Bakersfield Monday morning, according to California Water.
The flooding started around 4:45 a.m. at 17th Street and Chester Avenue, sending about 100,000 gallons of water into the street.
Cal Water says it was caused by a foot-long water main break. They shut off water service until around 1 p.m., causing three nearby buildings to be out of water.
Cal Water did provide those buildings with water bottles as they isolated the break and repaved roads.
They say they discovered the broken pipe was old and could be a candidate to be replaced.
“What we do in Bakersfield is we look at our mains, and we look at the age of the pipeline and the risk of the pipeline,” said Cal Water district manager, Geoff Fulks. “We evaluate those, and we do prioritize those to replace those water mains.”
The flooding caused several road closures throughout the day.
Cal Water estimates Chester Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets will remain closed until around 8 p.m.