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Crews work to repair massive main break in Mountain View

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About 20 homes were without running water early today as water department crews worked through the night to repair a 30-inch water main that ruptured under a Mountain View-area intersection, authorities reported.
   
The break inundated the neighborhood with a muddy torrent of water that flooded several homes and forced the closure of traffic lanes, according to authorities.
   
Water began surging out of the street at Durant and South 35th streets shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to San Diego police and the San Diego Water Department.
   
The overflow submerged stretches of both roads and washed into some nearby homes, water department spokesman Arian Collins said. The extent of the residential property damage was not immediately clear.
   
Crews took nearly three hours to shut off the failed cast-iron pipeline, which was believed to be about 50 years old, Collins said.
   
About 20 homes were expected to be without running water until around daybreak, by which time crews planned to have a temporary above-ground pipe system set up to get the affected residents back in service. The city also sent in a "water wagon" to provide for residents in the meantime, according to Collins.

The main will likely be repaired and the hole in the road covered with a temporary patch by late this afternoon, Collins said.
   
It was unclear why the pipeline might have ruptured and how much water was lost in the resulting overflow.

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