East Village water main break: Businesses, residents clean up

SAN DIEGO — Residents and businesses are cleaning up following a major water main break Sunday in the East Village. 

City officials say the incident happened at 11th method and A Street around 3:30 p.m. when a 76-year-old, 16-inch diameter cast iron ruptured, sending gallons of water flowing toward buildings in the area for hours until it was ultimately shut off around midnight. Streets were closed off and nearby residents, in addition as businesses, lost water service.

Phenix Salon Suites on 10th method and A Street took a direct hit from the flooding. character manager Aileen Palacio says 22 suites – about half – were damaged.

“We got two inches of water per suite,” she said. “We’re kind of shut down for the week. We’re trying to clean up the mess, take out the water, put dehumidifiers in and hopefully be open by next week.”

Jennifer Johnson and her family were staying at a nearby hotel where the water was shut off.

“We don’t have any water,” she said. “They’re being generous by giving us bottles of water to have. We’re hoping for a quick resolve. You don’t realize how much you use running water until you don’t have it.”

Others living nearby were filling up at the water wagons organized by the city.

“We didn’t need it much last night, but now — going a whole day without it — we are going to have to use this water to bathe, if we have to use the restroom,” one resident said. “So we’re just going to have to deal with it until we get a notification.”

A few hours later, another water main broke on northbound I-5 at State Route 123 near Balboa Park, causing lanes to close and major flooding. Road closures keep in place at the moment for both locations until roads are deemed safe to use, traffic officials said.

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