Broken water main floods North Park streets

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SAN DIEGO – Streets in North Park were covered with mud and water Monday evening after a water main broke.

North Park Water BreakThe broken 6-inch-diameter concrete pipeline began inundating Georgia Street at Florida Court about 5 p.m., according to police and the San Diego Water Department.

One resident said he was on his porch as the pipe burst and water started spewing from underground.

“I mean it was, just literally, water – like a geyser – shooting out of the ground about 20 to 25 feet,” said T.J. Linnard.

It took crews about an hour to halt the overflow, which gushed down steeply sloping Florida Court and along a stretch of adjacent Florida Street, said Arian Collins of the water department. Four blocks were left without water service pending repairs, which were expected to take until at least 2 a.m. Tuesday.

“Once we repair the pipe we’ll have to assess the situation of the street itself.  It could take longer for the street to reopen.  I just don’t know at this point,” said Collins.

The gushing water caused flooding to some nearby townhouses.  Residents in two units were displaced, according to city officials.

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