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Water Main Break Floods Castro Valley Homes, Causes Sinkhole

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An Alameda County Fire Department truck fell into a sinkhole created by a water main break in Castro Valley on December 6, 2013. (CBS)

An Alameda County Fire Department truck fell into a sinkhole created by a water main break in Castro Valley on December 6, 2013. (CBS)

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CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) — A water main break in Castro Valley damaged several homes Friday evening and caused a large sinkhole, a utility spokeswoman said.

The break was reported just before 7 p.m. near the corner of Seven Hills Road and Santa Maria Avenue, an Alameda County fire dispatcher said.

The break was at a top of a hill and flowed down into several houses causing water damage, the dispatcher said.

East Bay Municipal Utility District crews were working to shut down the flow of water and had stopped most of it by about 9:40 p.m., East Bay MUD spokeswoman Andrea Pook said.

A 10-foot by 15-foot sinkhole opened in the break, and two wheels of a fire truck became fell in, Pook said.

Pook said it is not yet clear how many houses have lost water service.

Fire and East Bay Municipal Utility District crews remained there Friday night. The streets in the neighborhood were shut down as crews assessed the damaged houses.

(Copyright 2013 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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