Water main break floods streets near UTC mall

Posted at 4:57 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 13:42:40-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A broken water main flooded a University City thoroughfare Monday, leading to detours and traffic tie-ups in the busy retail-residential district east of La Jolla.

The ruptured pipeline began sending water gushing across Regents Road near Costa Verde Center mall about 3:30 p.m., according to San Diego police.

Officers shut down three a three-block stretch of the street while utility crews worked to halt the overflow. There were no immediate reports of structural flooding.

While working on repairs to a recycled water pipeline that broke earlier today, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department crews discovered a leak on a nearby 16-inch diameter, concrete water main.

The water main was shut down at 9:40 p.m. Approximately 500 to 600 customers in apartment buildings are without water service. This is in addition to the five customers affected by the break of the recycled water pipeline.

Water wagons were on site to provide customers with water for drinking, cooking and other needs.

The water main leak was repaired and service restored to the apartment complex at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to city water official Arian Collins. Crews were still working in the morning to repair the ruptured recycled water pipeline.

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