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Water Main Break in San Jose Floods Streets, Spawns Makeshift Lake

Officials expect repair work to be finished by 9 a.m. Monday

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    A broken water main caused flooding Sunday morning near South 7th Street and East Alma Avenue. (Published Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016)

    A 12-inch water main in San Jose ruptured Sunday morning, flooding streets with gallons and gallons of water.

    The break, which occured along a line that is roughly 150 years old, occurred near South Seventh Street and East Alma Avenue, causing a large lake to take over parts of a nearby roadway, John Tang from the San Jose Water Co. said.

    Two neighboring businesses were affected by the break. Crews initially expected to have the line repaired by Sunday night but later said it would be fixed by 9 a.m. Monday, which could disrupt the morning commute.

    Crews can not confirm whether or not chilly temperatures played a role in the fissure, Tang said.

    Another water main break on Sunday sent streams of water flowing down Mariposa Street in the East Bay city of Rodeo.

    The ruptured four-inch pipe, which was installed in 1939, left 16 customers without water, according to the East Bay Municipal Utilities District. Crews began repair work around 2 p.m. Sunday with no estimated completion time.

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