Water main breaks in San Francisco's Ingleside Heights

April 15, 2013 4:19:50 PM PDT
A 12-inch water main ruptured in San Francisco's Ingleside Heights neighborhood Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the city's Public Utilities Commission said.

The cast iron pipe, installed in 1935, broke at about 1:30 p.m. on Monticello Street just off of 19th Avenue, SFPUC spokeswoman Alison Kastama said.

Water flooded into a couple of homes on nearby Chester Avenue before the flow of water was shut off, Kastama said.

Nineteenth Avenue remained closed in the area as of shortly before 4 p.m. while crews work to clear sediment that came out along with the water and is affecting San Francisco Municipal Railway's M-Ocean View line, Kastama said.

Buses are taking Muni passengers around the affected portion of the light-rail line, she said.

A few isolated water outages have also been reported along 19th Avenue, according to Kastama.

There was no estimate yet for when the roadway will reopen, Kastama said.