California storm sends 250-pound covers off manholes [Video]

A surge of water from the big storm lashing San Francisco overtaxed portions of the city’s sewer system, sending 250-pound covers off manholes across the city, officials said.

According to Jean Walsh, a spokeswoman with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, at least half a dozen covers had been thrown off, sending water gushing out of the exposed holes in some locations.

One such incident was reported in the Mission District, where video appears to show one of the covers rocking atop the manhole as cars passed over it before it was thrown off and water streamed out of the manhole. At one point, a tall geyser of water was shooting out of the opening, photos show.

All of the errant manhole covers have been replaced, Walsh said.

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