Water main break, sinkhole reported in downtown San Diego

Several roads closed due to repair effort

SAN DIEGO - A 102-year-old water main failed underneath an East Village roadway Wednesday for the second time in as many weeks, disrupting traffic in the busy downtown district into evening.

The ruptured underground pipeline began inundating the intersection of F and 14th streets shortly before 11 a.m., according to the San Diego Water Department. It took utility personnel about an hour to halt the overflow, which created a muddy, rocky mess, SDWD spokesman Arian Collins said.

The deluge forced the closure of F Street between 14th and 15th streets but caused no reported structural flooding and left no businesses, residences or other properties without water service.

Repair crews expected to have repairs to the 16-inch-diameter cast-iron main complete by about 11 p.m., according to Collins.

On Feb. 20, the same pipeline split apart just south of the site of Wednesday's break, leaving several buildings temporarily without water service and shutting down nearby traffic lanes.

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