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Two more water main breaks: Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills [Updated]

October 16, 2009 |  9:26 am

Two more water main breaks sent water flooding into Los Angeles streets, the latest in a string of pipeline failures bedeviling the city’s Department of Water and Power.

Crews are working to shore up an 8-inch pipe near Paramount Studios that broke at 4:20 a.m., according to the DWP. The break, on Van Ness Avenue between Lemon Grove and Melrose avenues, has left four homes without water.

The Paramount lot is still accessible, but southbound traffic on Van Ness is being diverted onto Lemon Grove and Wilton Place. [Updated at 9:50 a.m.: Traffic is no longer being diverted.]

The other break occurred Thursday night in a 6-inch pipe in the Hollywood Hills. Crews have finished repair work on Willow Glen Road, and no residents lost water.

Los Angeles has seen an increase in water main breaks in recent weeks, with double the number last month compared with the previous year. Officials are investigating the cause, but some suspect that recent rationing limiting lawn watering to certain days may be stressing the aging pipes.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been called in to examine whether tectonic activity is playing a role.

-- Seema Mehta

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