Whitney Avenue in Hamden Opens After Car Hits Fire Hydrant

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Both sides of Whitney Avenue in Hamden have reopened after being closed for most of the day Wednesday after a car hit a fire hydrant.

Authorities said a car hit a fire hydrant and the road remains closed between Sherman Avenue and West Woods Road. The crash sent water all over the road, they added.

Police initially said the road was likely to be closed through the morning commute, then they said repairs were expected to continue into the evening.

Minor injuries were reported.

The Regional Water Authority said the fire hydrant was destroyed and they have replaced the hydrant and piping.

They said water service interruptions were limited to three commercial customers.

Some customers in the area have experienced temporarily discolored water, according to the water authority.

If you experience temporarily discolored water, run a single cold-water faucet for five to 10 minutes to flush the waterline, the water authority said.

If your water appears discolored after flushing your system, turn off the water, wait an hour and try again. They also recommend that you wait until the water clears before drinking it, showering, or washing laundry.

Call The RWA at 203-562-4020 if your water remains discolored or if you have any questions.

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