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Water main break floods North Park streets

Posted at 6:21 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 21:09:15-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A water main break led to the flooding of some North Park streets Tuesday morning, leaving several residents unable to leave their homes due to the rushing water.

City water officials said a 30-inch cast-iron water main transmission line broke at around 6 a.m. on Ray Street, at Capps Street.

The cause of the break was not immediately known, but the rushing water flooded the front of several homes on Ray Street.

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By 7 a.m., water made its way into the backyards of several homes and led to the closure of several streets.

According to San Diego police, Ray Street between Dwight Street and Myrtle Avenue, Myrtle Avenue between Ray Street and Grim Avenue, and the 3300 block of Grim Avenue will be closed for several hours.

Authorities at the scene told 10News that the Balboa Park Golf Course off 28th Street was closed for the day due to water flowing onto the property.

Water officials said an 8-inch distribution line that provides water for homes was shut down, leaving numerous residents without water service. By 6 p.m., water service had been restored to residents.

Authorities earlier in the day advised residents to remain in their homes unless they were in need of emergency services. Due to the rushing water, authorities were concerned with potential sinkholes or manhole covers being removed, which could lead to problems for residents trying to cross through the streets.

10News learned a swift water rescue team was on hand to assist anyone who needed help.

According to a spokesperson with the City of San Diego, there have been 37 water main breaks throughout the city this year. Last year, 61 water mains broke.