As I was driving into work this morning, I passed one of those blinking orange signs they put up to signal road construction or lane closures ahead. This particular sign announced the following:
HYDRANT FLUSHING AHEAD
CAUTION: WET ROAD
(Disclaimer: The sign might have said “Caution: Wet Road Hydrant Flushing Ahead”.)
For those who have never witnessed this majestic sight, a “hydrant flushing” occurs when city planners open a fire hydrant and let water run out of it for an hour or so.
So the rest of the way to work, I found myself contemplating this awesome experience:
- It was 35° this morning as I drove to work. Nothing screams “traffic safety” quite like dumping water on the street during rush hour on a freezing cold day.
- The main function of flushing a fire hydrant is to irrigate children in New York City during the summer months (as seen on TV).* North Carolina is currently experiencing a slowdown in local production of unirrigated New York City summer children, which would seem to reduce the demand for hydrant flushing.
- No water was actually flushed in the making of this drive to work, as there were no fire hydrants anywhere in sight.
I hope your morning commute was as fruitful.
* Hydrants are rumored to also have some fire-related purpose. These stories are apocryphal, and I have never seen this happen in real life.