Broken water pipe floods street, yards in Mission Hills

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SAN DIEGO – A ruptured water pipe flooded streets and created a sinkhole  in Mission Hills early Monday morning, firefighters said.

Water began flowing out of the roadway at the dead end of Stephens Street at Fort Stockton Drive around 5 a.m. Monday.

City workers arrived and shut off the water to the ruptured fire-hydrant supply line shortly before 6 a.m. Police closed the intersection of Stephens Street and Fort Stockton during the clean up and repair.  It was reopened to traffic around 6:30 a.m.

Several inches of water, mud, and rock caked the street after the rupture and a 4-by-5-foot sinkhole had formed in the roadway.

Water flooded several blocks and front yards of homes on the 1700 block of Fort Stockton Drive. One home had up to three inches of mud and water in the garage, according to residents.

It was unclear if homes in the area had lost water service.


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