Hillcrest Businesses Clean Up After Street Flooding

Businesses will be cleaning up after flooding caused by water main break

By Sherene Tagharobi and R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013  |  Updated 8:17 AM PDT
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A 20-inch water main broke around 3 p.m. in the 3600-block of 5th Avenue, spanning about half a block. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.

A 20-inch water main broke around 3 p.m. in the 3600-block of 5th Avenue, spanning about half a block. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.

It will be a long day for business owners in Hillcrest where crews were still cleaning up after Tuesday's water main break.

The greatest impact will be to the restaurant owners and any others whose property was flooded when water flooded intersections near 5th Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.

A 20-inch water main broke around 3 p.m. in the 3600-block of 5th Avenue, spanning about half a block.

Water was shut down about an hour later and the break has been repaired.

Restaurants and nearby parking garages were flooded and one crew member tells me water may have seeped into a low-sitting apartment complex down the street.

Witnesses say one street began to cave in creating a sinkhole.

Meanwhile, another water main broke nearby at the corner of Meade Avenue and Oregon Street.

The 16-inch water main broke around 4:00 p.m. affecting service to more than a dozen residences according to city water crews.

Cleanup was expected to be complete completed by noon.

Following the main break, water quickly flooded the area, pooling in front businesses including Huapangos Mexican restaurant, the Tractor Room, R-Gang Eatery and Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio.

Water service to the neighborhood was restored to the area early Wednesday.

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