San Diego

Broken Water Main Shuts Down Midway District Thoroughfare

The Water Department said corrosion of an old pipe is to blame

At least 30 customers are without water Monday following a water main break in the Midway District.

An 18-inch pipe broke around 5 p.m. Sunday on Midway Drive between Rosecrans Street and Sports Arena Boulevard, according to the San Diego Police Department.

The break caused some flooding in the area. Midway Drive was shut down in both directions.

"It looked like a big lake of water," said Michael Valadez, who was at a nearby laundromat when the pipe burst.

Valadez said his clothes were still stuck in the washing machine Monday morning because all the machines stopped working after the pipe broke.

Police conducted traffic control until the water department arrived to shut the water off.

Water service to customers were restored around 2 p.m. Monday, officials said.

One lane in each direction will be open on Midway Drive between Rosecrans Street and Barnett Avenue while crews repair the streets.

A local taco shop said this was a common issue in the area, but that it's taking longer to fix this time.

By Monday morning, the heat in the area caused some roads to dry with dirt caked onto the asphalt, adding to the mess.

The city's Water Department said the cause is most likely corrosion of an old pipe.

Contact Us