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Another broken water main: 3 homes flooded in Glassell Park

October 3, 2009 |  9:25 am

At least three homes were damaged by flooding early today when an 8-inch water main ruptured on a hillside in Glassell Park.

Firefighters responded to a report of flooding about 4:10 a.m. in the 4100 block of Scandia Way, near Avenue 42, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"When we arrived we found a mid-street pavement rupture," Humphrey said, adding that water had been leaking out.

The flooding damaged at least three homes, but evacuations of the neighborhood were not required, he said.

Jane Galbraith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Water and Power, said the rupture affected 12 customers. Crews have been making repairs since 4:25 a.m. when they were sent to the site, she said.

The department averages about four leaks a day in the city's 7,200 miles of aging pipes, and smaller leaks should not be confused with "major blowouts" causing street damage, DWP officials say. Since Sept. 1, there have been more than 30 "major blowouts" in L.A.'s water system in which streets have flooded and pavement has buckled.

--Ruben Vives