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Broken pipe causes mudslide, cakes La Mesa road

Posted at 5:09 AM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 11:35:50-04
SAN DIEGO – A broken pipe was the likely cause of a mudslide that sent mud, rocks and branches onto a La Mesa road late Wednesday night. 
 
According to Helix Water District crews, sometime before 10:30 p.m., a pipe on an irrigation or water line broke, causing mud and dirt to break away from a hill and flow onto Lemon Avenue, near Rockridge Road.
 
The road, caked in mud, created a slippery mess for drivers. California Highway Patrol and La Mesa police officers were called in to monitor traffic while San Diego Department of Public Works crews cleaned up the mess.
 
Although the road was cleared by 1:30 a.m. Thursday, it was still caked in about four inches of mud. It was expected to create problems for morning commuters. 
 
No homes were damaged and there were no reported injuries.