Water main break reported in La Jolla
SDG&E crew strikes line, causing break
Last Updated: 449 days ago
LA JOLLA, Calif. -
A La Jolla intersection was closed Wednesday afternoon as crews worked to repair a broken water main in the area.
The main break was reported at about 11:45 a.m. at La Jolla Scenic Drive South and Soledad Mountain Road, according to authorities.
San Diego Water Department officials said a San Diego Gas & Electric crew was at work in the area when their backhoe struck an 8-inch service line, causing the main break.
Police diverted traffic away from the area as utility crews worked to halt the overflow, which took about 90 minutes, SDWD spokesman Arian Collins said.
The mishap caused no structural flooding and left no homes or businesses without water service.
SDPD officials said the water was flowing into a storm drain and residents should not be concerned about possible structure damage.
Classes ended early for the 214 students at All Hallows Academy, which is around the corner from where the water main broke.
There was no drinking water at the school and toilets didn't flush, so administrators called parents and told them to pick up their kids early.
"It was just amazing with all the traffic here in the intersection," said Kim Elizondo, as she walked to her car with son, Jacob, a 6th grader.
Jacob was hoping the water would stay off so he could skip school on Thursday, but water crews finished the repair ahead of schedule at 5 p.m. so classes will go on as scheduled.
With the water main issue rectified, 10News learned SDG&E crews will be back Thursday to finish their work.
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