Exercise in futility in Meyers | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Exercise in futility in Meyers

A fire hydrant in Meyers broke during a training exercise Wednesday evening and released at least 60,000 gallons of water onto Keetak Street.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters stripped out a thread on the stem of the hydrant during routine wildland fire training, said Forest Service Fire Capt. Rick Brower.

The flood of water began at 5:40 p.m. and was curtailed by 7 p.m. The hydrant released 600 to 1,000 gallons a minute, said Lake Valley Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Michael.

Firefighters did not shut off the hydrant immediately because a valve that controlled the water flow couldn’t be located.

Workers from South Lake Tahoe Public Utilities District arrived and had to dig about 10 inches into the soil to reach the valve and shut off the water flow, Michael said.

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