Businesses shut down from water main break flooding

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 21:32:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Dozens of businesses shut down Friday after a series of water main breaks severely damaged their buildings. 

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters put the brewing on hold when water came rushing in. 

"All of a sudden the water started spewing up from the middle of the street," said Co-owner Jeff Taylor. "We had six or eight inches probably busting up against the windows, it started seeping up here underneath the doors actually."

One of four water main breaks on Thursday was just outside their coffee shop in Morena. Taylor estimates about $30,000 worth of damage. He says his crew acted quickly and kept it from getting worse. 

"We had sandbags blocking off the inside of the windows to keep water from coming in, it still came in, but I think he saved a lot of product and damage to the store by his efforts."

The breaks in Morena flooded business and left about 60 customers without water. Another break on 1-8 left drivers stranded for hours after a sinkhole opened up on the asphalt. 

Overall, not a great day for a lot of people. 

"Oh, and by the way, somebody hit my car yesterday, so it was a fun day yesterday," said Taylor. 

He even started damage control by calling contractors and insurance companies before finding out the city would help him. 

Now, they're working on drying up so they can start roasting again. 

 "It really is just life, what are you gonna do. There's nothing to be upset about," Taylor said. "Really you just take it one by one, you deal with it you answer the questions you solve the problems, and you move on to the next one."

Taylor said he hopes to be back open brewing coffee on Monday.