Water main break floods streets, yards in North Park

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SAN DIEGO — A significant water main break flooded streets, backyards and alleys in North Park Tuesday morning.

The break was reported around 6 a.m. at Capps Street and Ray Street, just east of 30th Street and a few blocks south of University Avenue.

Water flowed steadily until after 7 a.m. and the flooding spread through multiple yards, with water reaching the front steps of several houses and seeping into the basements of others.

Police blocked off the flooded portions of street while firefighters and lifeguard rescue teams made their way up and down the block seeing if anyone needed help. Authorities told most people in the area to simply stay inside.

“The yard’s in pretty rough shape,” said one resident “I mean it’s all rocks and sand where it used to be grass. Our garage is also probably the worst hit.”

As of 8:30 a.m., Ray Street was shut down between Dwight Street and Myrtle Avenue. Myrtle Avenue was also closed from Ray Street to Grim Avenue, according to the San Diego Police Department. The roads were expected to remain closed for at least three to four hours.

City crews worked to repair the broken water main, which they said was a 30-inch cast iron pipe. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the break in the first place.

Water was restored to homes by Tuesday evening.

Residents can file a claim against City of San Diego by clicking here.

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