Multiple vehicles inside a Newport Beach parking garage were destroyed after being submerged when a water main broke in Newport Beach on Wednesday, Irvine Ranch Water District officials said.
Water flowed from the broken 10-inch main and into the garage, located in the 4100 block of MacArthur Boulevard (map), beginning around 1:45 a.m., the officials said.
The parking garage appeared to be for local office buildings, one of which did not have power following the break.
Less than a million gallons of water was believed to have been released from the main, Paul Cook with the water district said.
"It’s sad to see all that water. It’s probably going to go to waste eventually, but at least we got it isolated pretty quick," Cook said.
Water district officials turned off the main, stopping the flow, but the garage appeared to be flooded with some 6 feet of water, he said.
At least three vehicles could be seen inside the parking garage, one of which was submerged in water up to its headlights.
It was not known how many vehicles were inside the garage, but all drivers would be compensated for the loss of their vehicle, water district officials at the scene said.
A full street closure was not in effect following the break, but people who work in the area were encouraged to arrive early in case of traffic build up caused by the break.