Main break floods roads, closes businesses in Midway District


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SAN DIEGO -- Crews repaired a water main break in the Midway District by late Monday.

The pipe burst Sunday evening, creating a small lake on Midway Drive and wreaking havoc for drivers, businesses and residents alike.

The flooded area stretched from Barnett Avenue to Rosecrans Street along Midway Drive. Police diverted traffic in the area while crews rushed to make repairs to an 18-inch diameter pipe that broke around 5:15 p.m.

City crews continued to work on the broken water main Monday morning. In the late afternoon, several businesses were forced to shut down.

"When we went to go turn into that parking lot, we couldn’t," said Megan Layfield, a tourist.

Layfield came all the way from Ohio to try the popular Volare Italian Restaurant.

"We're here visiting friends and they said there’s this great little Italian place that has authentic Italian pasta and just our go-to when family is in town," said Layfield.

Several businesses on the corner of Midway Drive and Barnett Avenue were forced to close due to a lack of water. A local laundromat turned away customers with a "Closed -- No Water" sign. Country Waffles, a tattoo parlor and a barber shop displayed similar signs.

El Sabroso was the only nearby eatery that stayed open. Workers told FOX 5 the day had been a struggle with no water.

Workers at the Mexican restaurant and a 7-Eleven said water service had been restored by 7 p.m.

The cause of the break was not yet known.

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