Water main break causes flooding in Normal Heights

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SAN DIEGO -- A 10-inch-diameter cast iron water main broke and caused water damage to homes in Normal Heights Monday morning, said officials.

The flooding began around 4 a.m. at Hawley Boulevard, near Adams Avenue, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department confirmed.

A FOX 5 crew went to the neighborhood around 6 a.m. and spoke to neighbors.

“What’s really frustrating is that [FOX 5 crew] is here and the water department is not. It’s been an hour since we called them and they haven’t shown up,” one resident said.

City of San Diego Public Utilities Department shut off water in the area by 7 a.m., said Arian Collins with the City of San Diego. Fifty residents were without water as of 8 a.m.

Several residents showed FOX 5 the flooding and other water damage inside their homes. One woman woke up to several inches of water covering her floor.

“I just thought it was raining, then my neighbor who was leaving for work came over and banged on my door to tell me that the water main broke outside,” Fran said. “I saw water bubbling up from the cracks [in the kitchen].”

Repairs to the broken main were expected to be completed by 4 p.m. Monday, according to city officials.

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