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Water main break in Echo Park creates sinkhole

December 2, 2009 |  8:38 am

A water main break in the Echo Park neighborhood created a 20-feet-wide hole in the street and left at least 30 homes without water this morning.

The eight-inch cast iron pipe broke at 12:48 a.m. near Council and North Park View streets, said Maychelle Yee, a spokeswoman for the Department of Water and Power.

The water was shut off about 2 a.m., but should be restored later today, officials said.

DWP workers are on the scene and “hopefully we’ll have that done early this morning,” Yee said.

Flooding beneath the paved street caused the sinkhole, Yee said. She was not sure how deep it was. There were no reports of property damage, and the cause was under investigation.

-- Baxter Holmes

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