LIST: North Park plagued by water main breaks over the last year

Posted at 1:50 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 17:41:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Cars partially submerged, apartments and streets flooded. For the third time in a year, a water main break struck North Park.

Thursday’s water main break began at 7:30 a.m. on the 4100 block of Idaho Street, sparking SDG&E to shut off power to some apartments in the area due to flooding.

This is the third time in a year such an event has unfolded in the San Diego neighborhood. In October of 2017, two water main breaks plagued the area just weeks apart.

The first of these breaks struck on October 11, 2017. During that incident, the intersection of Dwight Street and Grim Avenue flooded following the break of the 8-inch diameter concrete water main.

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Neighbors told 10News crews were paving a street in the morning when water suddenly burst through the newly-paved road.

On October 20, 2017 the same water main broke for a second time, though city officials believe the second break may have been in a different section of the pipe.

Due to the break, the 3600, 3700 and 3800 blocks of Grim Avenue lost water. As a result, the city had to bring in water wagons to supply water to families affected.

The city says, though neighborhoods are still experiencing water main breaks, the number of breaks has died down in recent years as the city works to replace its aging water transmission and distribution pipes.

For example, in 2012, the City of San Diego had a total of 102 water main breaks. In 2017, the city experienced only 81 and, as of August 5, 2018, San Diego had only experienced 29 water main breaks.

Explore the map below to see where recent North Park water main breaks have happened: