Severe flooding forces residents from high-rise condo

SAN DIEGO -- More than 100 condominiums in an East Village condominium high-rise were flooded Sunday, as a water pipe burst.

Water began cascading through the 13-story high Diamond Terrace shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday. The building, at 427 Ninth Ave., is a landmark visible from Petco Park, just north of the center field fence.

The building has a rooftop recreation center, but it was not immediately clear where the water spilled.

Fire crews were called to a report of flooding just before 5 a.m., said Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz. She added that the American Red Cross assisted more than 100 residents, and there were no injuries.

"I woke up to the sound of running water," said Andrew Newman who lives on the 13th floor.  "I noticed water was coming through the ceiling."

Munoz said a San Diego County Health Department and a building engineer were notified, while San Diego Gas & Electric checked for electrical hazards.

According to a KFMB radio report, the flooding also affected two nearby businesses. Most of the evacuees were staying with family or in hotel rooms, KFMB reported, but it was unclear when they would be able to return to the complex.

Emily Zagler lives on the 10th floor. She says she will be staying in an Airbnb until she can return home. She managed to salvage some of her belongings.

"You have to make the most of the situation," said Zagler. "You just have to stay positive."

The local Red Cross did not open a shelter.

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