Water main break in PB causes giant sinkhole

SAN DIEGO -- Repair crews Tuesday night finally completed patching a high-volume water line that ruptured under a Pacific Beach thoroughfare, leading to a gaping sinkhole in the street and leaving several nearby businesses without water for about 24 hours.

The ruptured 30-inch-diameter pipeline began inundating Mission Bay Drive near Damon Avenue about 1 p.m. Monday, city spokesman Arian Collins said. It took utility personnel roughly half an hour to get the overflow halted, he said.

No structural flooding was reported.

The mishap left three businesses that share a single parking lot -- an In-N-Out restaurant, Mission Bay Car Wash and Meineke Car Care Center -- without water service pending repairs, which were complete by early this afternoon.

San Diego Gas & Electric personnel also had to fix a broken natural gas line that crosses the water main. It was unclear how that conduit was compromised.

Crews hoped to have the sinkhole filled and the roadway back open again by sometime Tuesday evening, Collins said.