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Water main rupture creates large flood in North Park

A flood woke North Park residents up early Thursday morning.
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NBC San Diego

Some residences in North Park woke up to a huge flood Thursday morning as a water main broke sending a deluge of water into homes and the streets.

“I woke up to a strange noise and I saw the local authorities with their lights flashing,” Joe Carta told NBC 7. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. This water that’s rushing right down there is rushing down the street and into the bottom floor of my house and into my garage.”

"Nobody wants to see a stream of water running into the bottom floor of their house," she added. "Nobody."

City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, Arian Collins said a pipe, 30-inches in diameter ruptured near the intersection of Polk and Oregon Streets.  

The utility department sent out a crew who shut down the flow at approximately 5:30 am.

NBC 7 reports that the main is not connected to meters and residents should not experience an outage, rather a lower water pressure.

Repair teams are not sure how long it will take to repair the broken main.

The Red Cross set up a command center to help victims who are displaced because of the leak, and North Park Rec Center on Idaho Street is serving as a temporary shelter for residents who had to flee because of the spill.