Broken hydrant in Antioch shopping center causes gusher flooding part of Hillcrest Avenue on Wednesday

Two firefighters from the Contra Costa Fire Department attend to the gusher from the broken hydrant in the Crossings Shopping Center on Wednesday. - photo by Allen Payton

Two firefighters from the Contra Costa Fire Department attend to the gusher from the broken hydrant in the Crossings Shopping Center on Wednesday. – photo by Allen Payton

By Allen Payton

A broken fire hydrant, caused by a driver running over it on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, in the Crossings Shopping Center on Deer Valley Road in Antioch, caused a gusher of water shooting at least 40 feet in the air.

It was located on the north end of the shopping center between Dad’s Cafe and the 99 Cent Store. That was the same location people gathered overlooking the scene on Hillcrest Avenue where a 24-year-old Vallejo man was shot and killed by police following a car chase, the day before.

Police had to shut down the slow lane on the eastbound side of the street, as it was flooded.

The thought crossed my mind when I saw it, that it was God’s way of washing clean the area where the dead man’s body laid, the day before.

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