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Water main break causes sinkhole, lane closure in Chula Vista

A water main break caused both a geyser and a sinkhole on a Chula Vista street Thursday afternoon, police said.

The incident on East H Street near Hilltop High School was first reported about 2:25 p.m. by a passing San Diego police motorcycle officer, Chula Vista police Lt. Gino Grippo said.

Officials shut down all eastbound lanes as the water sprayed.

A drone photo taken by police showed the water shooting out of a hole in the middle of the traffic lane and raining down on a field at Hilltop High.

It took roughly a hour to turn the water off, Grippo said. Once it was off, officials kept the far right lane closed because a sinkhole remained.

Grippo said the lane would be closed until repairs were made.

Sweetwater Authority spokesperson Gwyneth Shoecraft said crews were on scene and working to assess how long repairs might take.

The number of customers who may have been affected by the water main break was not immediately available, nor was the amount of water lost.

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