VIDEO: Berkeley water main break closes University Avenue from McGee to MLK

BERKELEY (KRON) — A big water main break in Berkeley at University Avenue and Grant Street has closed the area to traffic as crews are making repairs on Tuesday, deputy fire chief Donna McCracken said.

A witness called in to report the break at about 12:30 p.m. and traffic is shut down completely in both directions on University Avenue between McGee Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Also, cars are not allowed to cross University Avenue on Grant Street, Deputy Fire Chief Donna McCracken said.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District had to shut off water to about 40 customers on Grant St. from University Ave. to Alston Way, EBMUD spokeswoman Nelsy Rodriguez said.

Crews are still working to repair the line and a cause for the break is not yet known, EBMUD spokeswoman Nelsy Rodriguez said.

The 12-inch iron pipe that broke was installed in 1933.

The district says the repairs should be finished by 2 a.m. Wednesday.

EBMUD has not said when the roads will reopen.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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