UPDATE 10:10 a.m. Monday
California Boulevard in San Luis Obispo reopened early Monday morning after an underground water line broke at the section of road near Higuera Street.
Water flowed freely on California Boulevard in both directions to Monterey Street and San Luis Drive after the break on Sunday.
Some parts of the city went without water until about 3:30 a.m., city officials said. The number of residents affected and the cause of the break is unknown at this time.
Crews closed the water valve and patched the road early Monday.
Dirt and debris remain on the streets, but the roads have reopened.
City officials will work on a permanent fix at a later date. Specifics have not yet been disclosed.
— Tonya Strickland
UPDATE 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Donnie Thomas, a water distribution operator with the city, said the break took place in either an eight-inch or 16-inch water line.
He and other workers are in the process of closing valves to stop the leak as of 6:30 p.m.
Some parts of the city would likely be without water for an undetermined period, and California Boulevard is expected to remain closed overnight.
The water line is buried underground five feet or more, Thomas said.
He assumes that several thousand gallons per minute of fresh water is bursting through the break.
Torrents of water are going down California in both directions to Monterey Street and San Luis Drive.
Storm drains appear to be taking the flow away without problems.
Thomas said the street would have to be closed to make the major repairs necessary.
A break in what appears to be a major water line has closed a stretch of California Boulevard between Higuera and Monterey streets near downtown San Luis Obispo.
The break was reported to police at 5 p.m. when as passer-by noticed that pavement in the middle of the Higuera and California intersection had buckled upward.
Torrents of water are now rushing down California toward Monterey Street.
Public works crews are at the scene, assessing how to start making repairs.
— Tad Weber
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