Construction worker backs into fire hydrant, flooding section of Mission Road

Water flooded the street this morning. Photo by Dave Gergick
Water flooded the street this morning. Photo by Dave Gergick

A section of Mission Road near 73rd Street in Prairie Village resembled a small river Tuesday morning after the driver of a Bobcat loader knocked over a fire hydrant.

The accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when the driver backed into the hydrant while laying sod along Mission Road as part of the recent improvement project, said Melissa Prenger, senior project manager for the Public Works Department.

WaterOne was able to isolate the hydrant and off the flow. Mandy Cawby of WaterOne said no one was out of water and the water supply in the area is redundant so ample fire protection remains while repairs are completed.

The water gushed several feet beyond the curb at 73rd and Mission, and also flowed into the parking lots of an adjoining office building and St. Ann’s Catholic Church before it was shut off by Water One.

The operator of a small excavator accidentally knocked over a fire hydrant at 73rd Street and Mission Road causing local flooding.
The operator of a small excavator accidentally knocked over a fire hydrant at 73rd Street and Mission Road causing local flooding.
Water gushing from a damaged fire hydrant cascaded through adjoining parking lots.
Water gushing from a damaged fire hydrant cascaded through adjoining parking lots.

Prenger said the entrance to the parking lot and a lane of Mission Road was expected to be closed while repairs were underway. The operator of the Bobcat is employed by O’Donnell & Sons Construction of Overland Park.