A water main break closed one of Balboa Park’s main thoroughfares during the busy Labor Day weekend.
The Cabrillo Bridge was closed for about 12 hours as crews repaired an air valve in El Prado, according the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department. The corroded air valve broke around 5 a.m. Sunday, flooding the iconic bridge with water.
“A 36-inch line is a very big pipeline, and it’s a lot of pressure. That’s why there was so much water that came out,” said Arian Collins, Supervising Public Information Officer with the utilities department.
At this point, officials don’t know how many gallons of water were lost. Nowhere in the park lost water, but some areas experienced low water pressure, Collins said.
The Cabrillo Bridge sidewalks remained open for pedestrians. Dogs and kids were spotted playing in the water.
The road reopened around 6 p.m. Sunday.