NewsTeam 10 Investigates


Lawsuit filed over North Park water main break

The break happened in October 2018.
Posted at 7:38 AM, May 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-12 13:04:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — It has been over six months since a water main break spilled thousands of gallons of water into North Park streets, but some homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath.

Jonathan Head has owned a triplex on Idaho street for almost twenty years.

"There's two buildings," Head said. "It was built in [the] 1940s."

Back in October, a water main broke near his property. His tenants started to text him early that morning on October 4th. "It made my heart drop... it was like a river," Head said. While the water did not enter the living space, Head said it went into the vents flooding the crawl space beneath.

"The wiring, the plumbing [was] completely saturated," Head said. He said city workers tried to fix the problem, but it was too late.

"By the time they got the equipment in, most of the water had penetrated the soil," Head said. He believes that made it difficult to dry out the property, which is why they are seeing problems with the foundation. Head said cracks below and inside the home developed. He filed a claim with the City of San Diego, but said he got no response.

"The city still has not compensated the clients entirely for the full scope of the damage," said Head's attorney, Evan Walker. There is now a lawsuit claiming roughly $225,000 worth of damage.

"I think the city has known for some time about the precarious condition of its pipes and that it has done nothing," Walker added.

Team 10 contacted the City Attorney's office. A spokesperson said they are reviewing the case.