San Diego

Church Flooded in Water Main Break

A water pipe burst Monday in the Mission Hills area, flooding a street, tennis courts and a local church. 

San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were called to Fort Stockton Drive and Lark Street at 5:45 a.m. for the water main break.

There was a break in a 12-inch diameter, cement water main at 5:06 a.m., according to a spokesperson for the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department crews responded and shut down the water main at approximately 6:20 a.m.

NBC 7 news crews arrived to find a geyser shooting up from under the pavement. 

The basement of Mission Hills United Methodist Church at 4044 Lark Street took on water as a result of the water main break.

The church was restored just last year for its 100th anniversary and hopes to receive some compensation from the city to repair any new damage.

"There are no precious religious artifacts, they are in the upper floors," said church board member Keith Wilson. "I think mainly it will be structural."

The flooding is not expected to affect Sunday services. However, it is unclear whether weekly Alcoholic Anonymous meetings that take place in the basement will be disrupted.

Currently, six customers were without water service. It is estimated that repairs will be completed and water service restored by 6 p.m.

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