EL CAJON, Calif. — A water main broke and created a sinkhole in El Cajon Sunday.
The break occurred on Ridge Hill Road near the El Cajon neighborhood of Blossom Valley around 2:20 p.m.
Along with the sinkhole, the break caused a portion of the road to buckle and crack.
“All of a sudden – a gush of water running over our road. It kept flowing for 45 minutes until they came and shut it off,” said Farrah Askins, whose property is next to the road.
Officials with the Padre Dam Water District said it was a 16 inch plastic pipe that split open.
There were no serious flooding issues for residents.
Padre Dam officials estimated roughly a loss of 900,000 gallons of water.
“It is sad considering we’re in a drought. It’s disappointing,” said Askins.
Customers did not lose their water, but were encouraged to cut back on usage.
“This is a transition main — puts water into our reservoir sites and our tanks. It’s critical (to conserve) tonight — until we get water back into that reservoir,” said Brian Thornburgh, a spokesperson with Padre Dam Water District.
Crews installed a new section of pipe Sunday night — but road repairs are expected to continue through Monday, possible into Tuesday.