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Water Main Break Closes La Mesa Roads, Sends Inches of Water to Nearby Basement

A water main break flooded a La Mesa home with inches of water and shut down roads in the area, according to the La Mesa Police Department.

"I was shocked because I didn’t hear or feel anything," said Cori Oluvick, the owner of the home that flooded. "You would have thought that something to this extent, you might have heard it."

Fresno Avenue and Upland Street were closed near their intersection at around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the city.

Heavy water was coming out of the broken six-inch cast iron pipe, LMPD Sgt. Purdy said. The water has since been shut off.

It caused Oluvick's basement to take about three inches of water, Purdy said.

"It flooded down the hill, and into the basement," Oluvick told NBC 7. "We have four to six inches of water in our basement right now."

Oluvick said a large vacuum was being used to suck up most of the water in what will be a lengthy clean up.

"Time to start rebuilding the basement I guess," she said. "It’s a bummer because we just got done with our backyard this summer, so that was a big project, so we’re gonna have to redo that and the basement as well."

The incident left 44 customers without water, according to Helix Water District.

The closure will last for an “unknown duration,” the city said. Though, a small portion of the roadway has been lifted at around 10:30 a.m.

Helix Water District said it could take up to 10 hours to repair.

LMPD and Helix Water District responded to the incident.

A water main break flooded a La Mesa home with inches of water and shut down roads in the area, according to the La Mesa Police Department.

"I was shocked because I didn’t hear or feel anything," said Cori Oluvick, the owner of the home that flooded. "You would have thought that something to this extent, you might have heard it."

Fresno Avenue and Upland Street were closed near their intersection at around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the city.

Heavy water was coming out of the broken six-inch cast iron pipe, LMPD Sgt. Purdy said. The water has since been shut off.

It caused Oluvick's basement to take about three inches of water, Purdy said.

"It flooded down the hill, and into the basement," Oluvick told NBC 7. "We have four to six inches of water in our basement right now."

Oluvick said a large vacuum was being used to suck up most of the water in what will be a lengthy clean up.

"Time to start rebuilding the basement I guess," she said. "It’s a bummer because we just got done with our backyard this summer, so that was a big project, so we’re gonna have to redo that and the basement as well."

The incident left 44 customers without water, according to Helix Water District.

The closure will last for an “unknown duration,” the city said. Though, a small portion of the roadway has been lifted at around 10:30 a.m.

Helix Water District said it could take up to 10 hours to repair.

LMPD and Helix Water District responded to the incident.

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