Water main break causes sinkhole in La Presa: Concepcion Avenue partly closed for repairs

Crews working to fix water main break

LA PRESA, Calif. - A water main ruptured and created a sinkhole that partly submerged a car in La Presa early Tuesday, prompting the closure of a street, authorities said.

The 6-inch-line broke in the 900 block of Concepcion Avenue around 4:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The rupture also created a 4 feet-deep sinkhole that partly submerged a Toyota RAV 4.

"I didn't expect for there to be a sinkhole; I must have the worst luck with cars," said Kathy Padilla, who owns the SUV. "My last car caught on fire when I was on vacation."

It took two tow trucks to pull the SUV out of the hole, but the vehicle was not damaged.

"I'm just glad it's OK; it looks fine," Padilla said.

Public works officials said at least 14 homes were without water due to the break. While crews worked to fix the broken pipe and road, neighbors stored water in jugs to make sure they had enough of a supply for the rest of the day.

It's an inconvenience that many of the residents called manageable compared to the damage on the street.

"I told my wife, I hope it doesn't come over here, like if it gets bigger or something," said resident Ernesto Jimenez.

Water was restored in the area at about 1 p.m.

Concepcion Avenue between Piedmont and Jamacha was expected to be closed until 5 p.m., according to the CHP.

The cause of the main break is under investigation.

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