At least two homes were flooded when a water pipe burst in Rancho San Diego early Wednesday.
Otay Water District crews were responding to Hillsdale Road between Jamacha Road and Chase Avenue after flooding was reported around 8:30 a.m.
The geyser could be seen from more than a mile away. It shot up well above the electrical lines.
It took crews about an hour to get the rush of water shut off. In that time, water flooded onto the property of nearby homeowners.
Donita Blalock watched nearly a foot of water carry her prized koi out of the backyard pond.
She said construction crews were out in the neighborhood a few months back working on pipes in the same area.
This time she heard the water main break before she saw it. She said it sounded like Niagara Falls.
Cal Fire officials said at least two homes were flooded. Four to five outbuildings were also flooded.
Otay Water District crews say they've had problems on this same street before, but never anything quite like this.