Midway District flooded by second water main break in a week

SAN DIEGO -- A water main break in San Diego's Midway District forced roads and businesses to close for the second time in a week on Saturday.

Authorities diverted traffic in the northbound and southbound lanes near the 3700 block of Midway Drive.

And traffic wasn't the only thing that ground to a halt in the busy neighborhood. "They stopped our business,” said Lucia Perez at Oscar’s Mexican Food's.

Even after the city arrived to shut off the water and reopen one lane in the area, Perez still couldn't open up shop. “Our drive-through is (on the) closed streets, so no business at all,” Perez explained.

The City of San Diego says at least 500 customers were left without water by the break. Businesses were told it could take several hours before the main is repaired and water service is restored.

That's bad news for everyone including the nearby Ramada Hotel. “They’re not going to be able to take a shower; they’re not going to want to wait for the water to get on; they’re not going to want to wait for all those things,” Ramada Hotel front desk manager, Lisa Gonzalez, said of her guests. “And our housekeeping cannot clean the rooms -- we have to go to the laundromat to wash the linens."

This is the second water main break in the area this week.

A pipe burst last Sunday, causing flooding from Barnett Avenue to Rosecrans Street along Midway Drive.

The City of San Diego will look into whether the two breaks are related. But whether they are or not provides no relief for any of the hundreds of customers without water.

“We have a full house today here at the hotel and that’s not going to be very, its not going to be good,” Gonzalez said.