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Half of South Pasadena residents without water, levels ‘critical’

December 1, 2011 | 11:09 am

South Pasadena tree down
Half of South Pasadena remained without water Thursday morning because an electrical pump from the city's reservoirs failed as part of a widespread power outage, authorities said.

The portion of the city without water extended west from Meridian Avenue, South Pasadena Police Sgt. Tony Abdalla told the Pasadena Sun.

Like neighboring cities, South Pasadena had several trees fall onto houses and downed power lines. Abdalla said no injuries had been reported.

The city has issued warnings and pleas to residents to conserve water in the 91030 ZIP code, noting that the pump failure has resulted in water capacity and pressure reaching critical levels.

On Grace Street, where most homes are without water, Tom Slattery said he lost power about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. He tried to go to sleep but was jolted awake in the middle of the night by a loud thump on his bedroom wall.

When he looked outside, he saw a fence had blown over and hit the side of his house. At 7 a.m., he got up to go to work, turned the faucet on and found that there was no water.

“I geared for a cold shower,” said Slattery, 38, an attorney. “And then I realized there would no shower."

Luckily, Slattery said he had just bought a case of bottled water, so he brushed his teeth and washed his hands with it. But that wasn’t sufficient. So he called into office and said he could not come in.

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-- Bill Kisliuk and Teresa Watanabe in South Pasadena

Photo: In South Pasadena a tree apparently pushed down overhead electrical wires, cutting off power in this neighborhood and northern Alhambra. Credit: Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times

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