Water main break floods and ‘lifts’ street in Little Italy

SAN DIEGO - A major intersection in the Little Italy area of San Diego was closed Sunday morning due to a water main break.

Water was gushing at Kettner Boulevard and Juniper Street and heading down hill toward North Harbor Drive after a 16-inch corroded water main broke, water department officials said.

Fernando Yee sent FOX 5 video of the flooding around 6:20 a.m. Sunday and said it was a mess.

"Right now on Kettner and Juniper downtown the street is getting flooded and the pavement is starting to 'lift,'" Yee posted.

Businesses owners from restaurants to spas and artists studios sid the water was knee deep.

"It looked like it might have been about 3 or 4 feet deep when I first got here this morning and that’s over the span of about 8,000 square feet,” said business owner Joey Vaiasuso.

“It’s not fun to turn away customers ever,” said Ryan Feld, Loading Dock restaurant owner.

The water was turned off as of 8 a.m. and fully restored to residences and businesses around 5 p.m.

Water department officials said the cause may be corrosion, and crews will continue making repairs until Kettner Street is back to normal for both business owners and residents.

There are construction trucks and heavy equipment a block from the source of the water main break, but they don't appear to have caused the water main break.