Water main break floods Birdland

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SAN DIEGO – A water main break flooded streets and homes in a Serra Mesa neighborhood  located near hospitals Wednesday afternoon.

The ruptured 18-inch cast-iron pipeline began sending water surging out of buckled asphalt in the 2600 block of Meadow Lark Drive shortly before 4 p.m., according to police and the San Diego Water Department.

Serra Mesa Water Main BreakAmong facilities temporarily losing water service was Rady Children's Hospital. The pediatric medical center had service restored by 5:30 p.m., spokesman Carlos Delgado said.

Also affected were Sharp Memorial, Sharp Mary Birch and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospitals. The disruption to those facilities was ongoing as of 6:30 p.m., according to spokesman John Cihomsky.

All the hospitals have emergency stores of water, and none reported any adverse effects to patient care.

Some traffic lanes in the area are shut down, an SDPD spokesman said. Water reached past driveways to the edges of apartment buildings, and underground garages.

The nearby county juvenile court and detention center also was affected to some degree, SDWD spokesman Arian Collins said. It was unclear if the complex remained without service in the early evening.

Full restoration of service and repair of the damaged sections of roadway were expected to take until about noon Thursday, he said.


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