On Friday, February 22, at approximately 3:50 p.m. a 16 inch water main broke, on the corner of W. Victoria Drive, and Alpine Boulevard. The water started rushing down the boulevard, at first seeping out of a hole that had broken through the middle of the intersection. Then the water became a gushing torrent, turning the boulevard into a river and confusing traffic traveling both east and west on the boulevard.
Emergency calls were placed through the 911 service, and then directly to our Alpine Fire Department. Padre Dam was on scene to turn the water main off, but not before a large sink hole appeared in the road. The road began to sink and the new paving buckled in the intersection.
SDG&E was also on site, along with the traffic light company. SDG&E’s concern was not so much about the new Sunrise Powerlink cabling, but rather for the new gas lines that were recently installed.
Padre Dam immediately put out a notice to boil all water in the area of the break, and that boil water notice was in effect until Sunday evening. Padre Dam is the responsible entity for the repair, and promises to repair the road back to the state it was in, before the damage was done. This work may not take place immediately, but is expected in the next few weeks, according to one worker.