WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Crews from the East Bay Municipal Utility District worked to repair a 6-inch water main valve that broke on a busy street in downtown Walnut Creek Tuesday morning, creating water damage in some stores and slowing traffic in the area, an EBMUD spokeswoman said.

EBMUD workers were already in the area conducting routine maintenance shortly after 8 a.m. today when the pipe broke near the corner of South Main Street and Olympic Boulevard, district spokeswoman Andrea Pook said.

Pook said the valve break was not caused by the maintenance work.

A handful of businesses in the area were without water Tuesday afternoon because of the pipe break, and a few nearby stores sustained some water damage, Pook said.

EBMUD risk management teams were responding to those businesses to minimize the damage, she said.

Pook said that crews expect to have the pipe repaired by this evening, but that until that time, drivers in the area should expect some delays.

Walnut Creek police have announced road closures on Main Street between Mount Diablo Boulevard and Botelho Drive and on Olympic Boulevard between Locust and Main streets.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)


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