If you were driving by Crump’s Landing off Halls River Road at around 9 p.m. Monday, you might have noticed a work crew installing a fire hydrant.

A crew with the Homosassa Water District, which had already been working late on water lines for the U.S. 19 road construction, popped over while on a break to Crump’s and replaced a hydrant that had been hit and dragged 40 feet to 50 feet by a pickup a couple weeks ago.

Rick Sandbick, a foreman with the district, said the installation took 60 to 90 minutes and went off without a flaw. 

If not for a water district crew already on-site on U.S. 19, the hydrant replacement would have been done during the day, Sandbick said.

In case you’re wondering what happens when a vehicle hits a hydrant — not much. They’re designed to break away on impact.

“As long as they’re installed right, when they’re hit they break away so the water is not spilling out like it does in the movies,” Sandbick said.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com.

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