Two water main breaks injures 1, close roads, and cause damage
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two water main breaks continued flooding overnight in areas near downtown and Balboa Park — injuring at least one person and forcing the closure of two roadways.
The pipe ruptures — one at 11th Avenue and A Street and the other at state Route 163 and Fourth Avenue — dumped water for hours triggering a SigAlert for northbound Interstate 5 at Hawthorne Street and state Route 63 at I-5 north.
Crews with the city of San Diego continue to work on repairing the water mains. The roadways are expected to reopen by evening commute times.
Around 7 p.m. Sunday, an Uber driver reported that water burst through his windshield and passenger window, injuring his passenger, while he was driving off the ramp of state Route 163 around 7 p.m. Sunday, the California Highway Patrol reported. A water main break was confirmed shortly thereafter. The water from the break was shut off around 1 a.m., six hours after the initial report.
Around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, the 11th Avenue water main break was reported, with water being shut off around 6:45 p.m. The downtown water main break caused a sinkhole and flooded at least one business in the East Village area, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported
The city of San Diego posted water wagons for customers at 11th Avenue and B Street, as well as at Ash and 10th avenues.
No other information was released including the condition of the passenger of the Uber.