Water main break near Midway District prompts evacuations

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SAN DIEGO -- A ruptured water line on a hillside in the Loma Portal area of San Diego prompted evacuations Monday afternoon.

The main break in the 3400 block of Larga Circle happened just after 2 p.m., according to San Diego police.

An 8-inch concrete water main burst mid-slope behind one of the homes on Large Circle and below Oleander Drive.

One house has been red-tagged due to significant flooding damage and another yellow-tagged due to moderate damage.

Karin Davila lives in the yellow-tagged home. She was in her kitchen when the water main broke.

"I just heard this noise getting louder, kind of like a rushing noise," Davila said.

The water main break caused a large chunk of the slope to slide, something the homeowner of the red-tagged home witnessed.

"I saw a landfall come sliding down the back of my hill from my French doors," said Bill McGuigan, "and then suddenly there was water spewing out all over the place and it started flooding into the house."

Initially, ten homes on Larga Circle, Leland Street and Oleander Drive were evacuated.

Both McGuigan and Davila's homes are still being evaluated for safety.

Clean-up is expected to last late into Monday night.

Last week, two water main breaks in the area forced roads and businesses to close.

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