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Broken water main makes a splash in South LA intersection, disrupts water service


A water main break flooded the intersection at W. 59th Street and S. Hoover Street on Friday, May 25, 2012.

It was a surprisingly wet morning in South L.A. today following a water main break that flooded an intersection and left several residents with just a dribble coming out of their taps.

The burst pipe at 59th and Hoover streets was reported just after 6 a.m. this morning, according to NBC, and flooded a square block or so spreading out from that intersection.

Department of Water and Power crews were on site and working to fix the problem. They said the burst pipe was a 4-inch cast iron water main installed in 1924, NBC reported.

About 50 water customers in the neighborhood south of Vermont Harbor had very little water pressure, according to DWP. No damage to property was reported.

The intersection remained closed two hours after the incident.


LADWP responds to 6 water main breaks in Fairfax District


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Traffic clogged as pipes poured into the street following five water main breaks in the Fairfax District this morning.

At least 110 customers are without service, and 3rd St. has been closed between Ogden and Fairfax, as a result of the leak, reports LADWP.

According to the utility, reps are responding on the scene at the following locations: 

  • 900 block of Croft Avenue 
  • 5800 block of La Mirada Avenue
  • 6000 block of Waring Avenue
  • 1100 block of N. McCadden Place
  • Intersection of Fairfax Avenue & Third Street 

The leaks are believed to be related to inspection work yesterday at the Lower Franklin Reservoir -- the reservoir is taken offline and temporarily replaced by a different source of water as part of regular inspection protocol, says a statement from LADWP. 

Operational changes such as these can cause fluctuations in pressure and expose weaknesses in older main lines.