Water main break reported on E. 16th St. in National City

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - East 16th Street from Palm Avenue to Grove Street in National City will be closed for the next 5-6 hours due to a water main break.

The main break happened just before noon, and National City police are urging drivers to avoid eastbound or westbound E. 16th St. between Palm Ave. and Grove St.

Police suggest using East 18th Street as an alternate route.

The Sweetwater Authority said crews are at the scene working to repair the break of the 18-inch water main. Authority officials said the pipe was placed in the area in the late 1940s to early 1950s.

As of 4:20 p.m., there are at least 30 residents without water service.

Authorities expect the closure to last until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.

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