An out-of-control driver crashed into a fire hydrant in Little Italy sending water gushing several stories high.
The geyser soaked the neighborhood before crews were able to shut it off.
A hit and run driver knocked over the hydrant at Kettner Blvd. and West Date Street around midnight Thursday.
According to San Diego police, the driver then got out of his truck and took off.
Crews dressed in waterproof gear tried to shut the water off but water gushed as high as five stories into the air for about 30 minutes before the water was turned off.
Apartment units up to the fifth floor were impacted. Some units will need to have carpet padding and possibly drywall removed during the repairs.
One resident, Brian Olson, told us that the water pounded his balcony and windows for 45 minutes.
According to Olson, water flooded underneath the door and into his living room, drenching his carpet and causing damage to some stereo equipment.
Cleaning crews worked overnight to take care of what they called the worst flooding they had ever seen.