Water main break floods streets in Hillcrest

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SAN DIEGO — A 106-year-old water main ruptured underneath a busy Hillcrest thoroughfare Tuesday afternoon, flooding the street and adjacent businesses.

The failed cast-iron pipe began inundating the 3600 block of Fifth Avenue about 3 p.m. Witnesses reported that the roadway was soon beginning to cave in, creating a sinkhole.

Main-BreakPolice officers closed a stretch of the street and sections of nearby roads while utility crews were en route to halt the flooding.

Repair workers had the overflow under control by shortly after 4 p.m., said Arian Collins, a spokesman for the San Diego Water Department.

The mishap flooded some nearby commercial structures, forced the closure of two blocks of Fifth Avenue and left five blocks of the north-south boulevard without functional plumbing, according to Collins.

Full repairs to the 20-inch-diameter water main — installed in 1907 — and the roadway were expected to be complete sometime Wednesday afternoon, he said.

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