Ruptured water pipe creates sinkhole in street

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A large sinkhole formed around noon Tuesday on 38th and Z Streets in the Southcrest neighborhood. 

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SAN DIEGO -- Crews were working to repair a sinkhole caused by a ruptured water main.

The 8-inch water pipe broke around noon Tuesday on 38th and Z streets in the Southcrest neighborhood.

Police officers shut down Z Street to traffic Tuesday while city crews worked to repair the water pipe.  When they shut off water to the ruptured pipe, 55 customers were left without water service, city officials said.

Neighbors told FOX 5 that children were playing in the street as the sinkhole formed. There were no reports of injuries.

By late afternoon, crews had fixed the broken pipe and were filling in the sink hole. Crews said 55 customers were without water.

"Pretty fascinating and terrifying what water can actually do,” said resident Ernie Castellanos. “The damage. I mean, the road looked like it was breathing ... We just saw the pipe bursting out of nowhere, all this copper. We didn’t understand what it was. We thought it was rocks. But we actually saw it was actual pipes.”

Several residents had to fill jugs and tubs of water to get by.

Resident Sandra Ascencio filled gallons of water from a pump provided by city crews. Without running water, she said she worries about her sick child at home.

“We don’t him to get the rest of us sick so we have to wash our hands, our faces, brush our teeth,” Ascencio said.

Though crews originally estimated repairs would be done overnight, the road remained closed as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning:

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