Sumner Ave. reopened after streets flooded from overflowing fire hydrant

The overflow created a hole in the ground

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Sumner Avenue has reopened from the X to White Street Tuesday evening, police say.

Spokesman of the Springfield Police Department, Ryan Walsh told 22News the closure was due to an issue with a fire hydrant. Calls about the overflow came in around 4:15 p.m.

According to Jaiyme Bartak, Spokeswoman of the Springfield Water and Sewer, a car drove into a fire hydrant causing it to overflow onto the roads.

The overflow created a hole in the ground, Walsh says. Sumner Avenue from the X to White Street was closed for a few hours while crews filled in the hole.

The hydrant gushed thousands of gallons of water, and flooded the road. Cars were sloshing through six inches to a foot of water.

Aside from the flooding and road closure, something all drivers have to be aware of is the possibility of icy spots. Temperatures are dropping and any wet road surface could become ice, and cause your car to lose traction.