Broken water mains caused massive flooding in South Mission Beach Wednesday and created a sinkhole in the pavement large enough to disable a utility van.
SkyRanger 7 flew over the beach community just before 5 p.m. and saw floodwaters stretching for blocks along Mission Boulevard. Water was also flooding alleys branching off of the main street.
According to the San Diego Public Utilities Department (PUD), a pipe connecting two water mains burst on Bayside Lane sending water gushing through the neighborhood.
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In some places, the water level reached nearly halfway up the wheels of passing cars. Some homes in the area had water flowing into their garages.
Some residents reported seeing a van stuck in what appeared to be a sinkhole on Bayside Lane. NBC 7 obtained pictures and video of the truck with its front end stuck in the hole.
The floodwater receded to reveal a large hole in the pavement next to a manhole. The driver told witness Rene Coker it felt like he was driving through the sand for a moment before the wheels of his van dipped below the street surface.
Water service in the area was restored by 9 a.m. Thursday and a precautionary boil water advisory issued for 25 homes in the area was lifted on Saturday morning.
The cause of the main break has yet to be determined.