SAN DIEGO -- A 16-inch water main ruptured Wednesday morning, shut down traffic on a major thoroughfare in Carmel Valley during the morning rush hour.
The main broke shortly before 8 a.m. at Carmel Mountain Road and Vista Sorrento Parkway. San Diego Police Department were called to help shut down the intersection and direct traffic. City utility crews shut off water to the main and were working on repairing the damaged pipe.
As of 1:30 p.m., city officials had no estimate on how long the roadway would be closed and when repairs would be complete. Water has been restored to all customers.
The damage was not only limited to those living and working near the break, but for those living and working downhill from it.
“Walked in and was like is it raining today? It’s not raining and literally the flood happened it was pretty intense, water almost came inside the business and we were shut down for about two and a half hours this morning,” said owner of Corner House Cafe, Yas Moslehpour.
She says despite her water service being unaffected, she’s lost valuable business for most of the morning since no one has been able to get to her while crews work to clean up the mess.
“Out of our control, did not expect it it showed up and we were like what is happening right now? So basically, called the city a few times, didn’t really send anyone and it’s been a little bit of chaos,” said Moslehpour.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area. Track live traffic conditions here.