Water main break creates large sinkhole in La Presa
Video Report By Angelique Lizarde, Reporter - email
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A La Presa neighborhood has been without water all morning, after a water main break early Tuesday. The break disrupted service, closed a road and opened up a sinkhole under one resident's vehicle.
La Presa resident Kathy Padilla's husband woke her up about 4 a.m. Tuesday, after hearing loud running water. They thought their water heater had ruptured, instead it was a six-inch water pipe in front of their home in the 900 block of Concepcion Avenue, just east of SR-125, in La Presa.
The concrete water main, which was installed in the 1960s, is more than 50 years old and finally gave out, creating a sinkhole that opened under Padilla's vehicle.
"I'm frustrated because I've just had this car about a year and a half, because my last car caught on fire and burned up and it was like a 2005," said Padilla.
The Otay Water District has a large crew on the scene, and they are hours ahead of schedule on the repair. The crews have told News 8 that there are 14 homes without water, but service is expected to be restored around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Neighbors say this is the fourth time the same pipe has cracked in the past two years. One resident explains:
"We've had repairs done here before just within the last year and then over the last couple years and this was the worst. So, I don't know they're finding out, but it was really, really bad."
Padilla's vehicle has been removed from the sinkhole and didn't sustain any damage.
The water department trucked in some drinking water to help the residents throughout the day.
The CHP closed Concepcion Avenue between Piedmont and Jamacha Roads for several hours Tuesday morning during the repair work.