Broken water main closes businesses in Little Italy

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SAN DIEGO – Construction crews ruptured an underground water pipe in Little Italy Wednesday morning, flooding nearby trolley tracks, a parking garage and several businesses, authorities said.

Authorities responded to the intersection of Date and India streets around 8:40 a.m. and had the water turned off by 9:35 a.m., according to Arian Collins, spokesman for City of San Diego Public Utilities Department. Nearly 20 restaurants, six apartments and five other businesses were without water for most of the day.

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A broken water main in Little Italy flooded the trolley tracks on Jan. 14, 2015. (Credit: Jason Feinstein)

Trolley service between the Santa Fe Depot and Middletown Street was temporarily suspended, Metropolitan Transit Services officials said.

Several businesses along India Street were flooded with several inches of water.

“Not much you can do when you have water flowing in everywhere…about six inches up to my leg so I got soggy socks right now,” said Craig Mann, area manager for Burger Lounge restaurant.

Mitigation crews dried the inside of the business and checked for potential water and mold damage.

“None of the water got into the food production areas, it’s only on the ground so on that end it’s only superficial,” Mann said. “The health department has been on the street checking with the businesses … cleaning and sanitizing. We should be back open tomorrow.”

Work was being done by a private contractor on West Date Street near India Street in Little Italy, which caused the break. The city will not have to pay for repairs in the water main break caused by the contractor, a city spokesperson told Fox 5.

Customers on India between Cedar and Fir streets, and on West Date between Kettner and Columbia streets were without water service until 5 p.m.

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