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3 more water main breaks in L.A. cause minor flooding, damage

October 4, 2009 |  1:56 pm

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews scrambled to repair three broken water mains today that caused flooding in various parts of the city and cut off water supplies to hundreds of customers, authorities said.

The first break was reported at 12:45 a.m. on 5th Avenue just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Leimert Park, when water spilled onto the street, causing minor damage, said department spokeswoman Jane Galbraith. About 50 customers lost water supply until workers restored service about 9 a.m., she said.

Workers were sent to a second minor break in the Harbor Gateway area shortly after 1 a.m. No street damage was reported, but water caused minor damage to a home’s driveway, Galbraith said. Sixty to 80 customers were without water, but crews were expected to restore service in the early afternoon, she said.

The third break occurred on St. Andrews Place near 4th Street in the Koreatown area shortly before 5:30 a.m., causing minor damage to the street and shutting water to a couple of hundred customers in nearby apartment buildings, Galbraith said. The repairs are expected to be completed about 6 p.m., she said.

Galbraith said the city experiences about three or four minor main breaks a day.

-- Jack Leonard