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Water emergency declared after semi-truck crashes into hydrant

72nd Avenue was closed for four hours following the accident


CITY OF TIGARD - A fire hydrant struck by a semi-truck sent water spilling into the roads and nearby businesses on Monday afternoon.Tigard Public Works crews were busy on Monday, April 27, trying to repair damage after a semi-truck crashed into a fire hydrant on Southwest 72nd Avenue and Upper Boones Ferry Road.

The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. Monday afternoon and spilled hundreds of gallons of water onto the roadway and into a nearby parking lot.

Public Works crews closed 72nd Avenue while they worked to remove the water. The road was re-opened at about 4:30 p.m., according to Brian Rager, the city's public works director.

In a statement posted to the city's website warned that Tigard residents may experience discolored water which came from internal pipe rush and sediment stirred up by the break.

Despite the water's color, the water remains safe to drink, the city said.

Click here to read an FAQ page about discolored water for residents

Crews said that the water should clear on its own. To speed up the process, the city advised residents to run their cold-water taps for a few minutes to see if it clears.

If it does not clear, run the water again after an hour and flush the toilet to clear water through the system.

If the cold water remains discolored, residents are advised to avoid using hot water, the city said; this will minimize the chance of filling hot water tanks with turbid water.

Further, the city told local residents to avoid washing clothes.

“It is better to stop the cycle while it is full and wait until clean water is available to finish,” the city said. “If you allow the water to empty from the washing machine and go into the spin cycle, it is more likely to cause permanent staining to the laundry items.”

Rager said that Tigard Police had contacted the driver of the semi-truck, but it is not yet known if any citations have been made.

The crash comes a week after the city issued a boil water advisory to about 600 people in Tigard after a water pump lost pressure.

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