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Water Main Break Disrupts Businesses On Shelter Island

A water main break on Shelter Island left many area businesses without running water, January 23, 2015.
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A water main break on Shelter Island left many area businesses without running water, January 23, 2015.

A water-main rupture left most of Shelter Island without functional plumbing through the late morning and the entire afternoon Friday.

The failed 63-year-old concrete pipeline began drenching the roadway in the 2300 block of Shelter Island Drive about 9 a.m., according to the San Diego Water Department.

It took crews about 45 minutes to get the overflow under control, Water Department spokesman Arian Collins said. No structural flooding was reported.

Workers determined that a corroded connector attaching two segments of the 12-inch-diameter main — not the pipe itself — had given way, Collins said. Repairs to the line were complete and water service restored to the area as of 5 p.m., Collins said.

The roadway was expected to be patched and reopened by early evening.

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