'A Lot of Water' Shuts Down Roads

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Mar 1, 2010  |  Updated 1:33 PM PDT
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'A Lot of Water' Shuts Down Roads

NBCSanDiego.com

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Trash cans floated along a North Park street early Monday as thousands of gallons of water rushed out from an underground pipe.

A 30" collector line broke break along Polk Avenue between Utah and Idaho affecting a number of streets, blocking traffic and impacting water service to nearby residents. A collector line is what the smaller mains connect to. The line is so big, according to a city water department spokesperson, that a valve crew was called in to shut it off.

A television news photographer who arrived at the location just after 4:30 a.m. Monday said it looked like a river flowing along Polk.

“It’s a lot of water and it’s making a lot of noise,” said Nick Knight who lives just two blocks away from the break. He was out walking his dog and decided to cut the walk short and get home to shower before city crews turned off the water.

Residents and businesses in the 2800 and 2900 block of Polk Avenue are affected.

One couple’s garage was flooded, “totaled” according to the owner. ”There’s nothing we can do,” said the homeowner who identified himself only as Jay. The couple filled up their bathtub so they could flush the toilet as city crews worked on repairs.

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace on Adams near Oregon closed Monday due to the break.
 

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