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DWP crews working to repair six water main breaks

April 3, 2012 |  1:50 pm

A pedestrian crosses through flooding at the 300 block of North Vista Street.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Tuesday it hopes to open 3rd Street between South Ogden Drive and South Fairfax Avenue by 7 p.m. Crews are currently replacing a water main that broke there hours earlier.

Overall, six broken water mains over the course of eight hours left many streets flooded during morning rush hour and caused some asphalt to cave in.

The intersection at 3rd and Fairfax is one of the busiest in the city, according to a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

MAP: Locations of water main breaks

The road closure, however, has not adversely affected traffic coming to Farmers Market, according to Mark Panatier, vice president of marketing and development for the company that owns the retail complex. As of 1 p.m., all services at the market –- except Starbucks -– had water service.

The DWP had a crew on the scene at 6:30 this morning, and as soon as the water was shut off, began excavating the street in order to find the broken 8-inch pipe.

In the 300 block of North Vista Street, Rachel Balter was inconvenienced by the break on her street.  With Passover on Friday, Balter called the loss of water service “a real problem. We can’t do any cooking or cleaning.”

Residents on Vista Street woke up Tuesday morning to find water and mud rushing down their street. They said they were told to expect service restored by mid-afternoon.

The DWP is attributing the breaks to an inspection of the Lower Franklin Canyon Reservoir that resulted in a change of water pressure in the cast-iron pipes running beneath the streets of Hollywood and the Fairfax district.


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Photo: A pedestrian crosses through flooding at the 300 block of North Vista Street. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A man crosses 300 block of N. Vista by walking over Beverly Blvd. because crosswalk is blocked by the flooding due to a water main break in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)