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Main Break Sends Water Gushing Into North Park Streets, Homes

The 3500 block of Ray Street flooded after a water main break Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, sent water gushing onto the streets and into some homes.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
The 3500 block of Ray Street flooded after a water main break Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, sent water gushing onto the streets and into some homes.

A water main break flooded streets and homes near Morley Field Tuesday morning, forcing the closure of traffic lanes and leaving several dozen households without water service for most of the day.

The failed 30-inch-diameter iron pipeline began sending a muddy torrent through a roughly five-block area near the intersection of Capps and Ray streets in North Park about 6 a.m., San Diego city spokesman Scott Robinson said.

It took utility crews about two hours to halt the overflow, Robinson said.

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It remained unclear Tuesday afternoon how many structures wound up flooded, though several residents told news crews the rushing water had flowed into their homes.

To allow for cleanup and repairs, police shut down sections of Capps, Dwight and Ray streets, along with stretches of Grim and Myrtle avenues.

Traffic lanes around the site of the main break remained closed in the late afternoon, according to Robinson, who said it was unknown when they would reopen.

As of 3:30 p.m., 26 homes remained without water service in the area. City officials, who hoped to have the neighborhood back on line sometime Tuesday, sent in two mobile "water wagons" to serve affected residents.

It was the 37th water main break to occur in the city this year, according to Robinson. There were a total of 61 in 2018, he said.