LA JOLLA - A water line ruptured in La Jolla early Wednesday, sending water gushing through Prospect Street and causing severe water damage to four businesses.
The water line in the 800 block of Prospect Street was reported around 2:30 a.m., San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick said. As water flowed through the street, it pushed up sand and created a muddy mess. Authorities said there was some fear that the street would collapse. Firefighters threw down their hoses to act as sandbags and prevent flooding.
At 4:30 a.m., crews were able to shut the water in the area.
According to city water department spokesman Arian Collins, the line that broke was a fire service line. It's a concrete line that connects to a hydrant
Four businesses were affected, including an Edward Jones investment office, a salon, a travel agency and a fitness studio.
"I can't run the business. The restoration people or the maintenance people are saying that we have to leave the office, perhaps for days, weeks -- until everything is cleaned up. That's going to put us out of business," said Eva Chayet, the president of Chayet Travel Network.
An underground parking garage also suffered water damage.
Lance Goldman owns the Balance Fitness Studio and he said his floor and much of his equipment is soaked.
"It's a complete shutdown of business and revenue so people can't come to train," Goldman said.
Business owners fear their revenue losses could be in the thousands.
Crews brought in trucks just after 6 a.m. to tear up the street and replace the ruptured pipe with a new one.
Both sides of Prospect Street were closed for several hours. As of 3 p.m., the repairs were completed and the roadway was reopened.