Cause determined in flooding that backed up traffic

Those looking to leave during rush hour yesterday were met with a watery delay.

A valve blew out on a fire hydrant at 3:54 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, near the “Throat” intersection flooding Torrey Pines Road at La Jolla Shores Drive disrupting traffic flow.

According to the city’s Water Department, the cause of the fire hydrant malfunction was a failed connector valve.

“The water main had to be shut down briefly in order to isolate it,” said Arian Collins, public information officer for the city’s Water Department. “When the valve broke, water came gushing out into the street. Police put up barricades to redirect traffic so they weren’t going through the water.”

Collins said the matter has been referred to the city’s valve crew.

“The fire hydrant is currently not working,” he said. “We expect to have it repaired within a week.”

Several customers in the immediate area of the fire hydrant were without service for about an hour, Collins added.

Water service was restored at 8 p.m.