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Water main break causes 7-foot sinkhole in Yorba Linda

October 27, 2009 |  8:24 am

Crews worked overnight to repair a seven-foot sinkhole caused by a water main rupture in Yorba Linda.

The break was reported at 8:45 p.m. Monday near the entrance of a condominium complex at the 19600 block of Castellana Plaza, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Greg McKeown said.

While firefighters diverted water away from homes, McKeown said, they discovered the burst had caused a 7-foot-wide area covered by paver stones to collapse, leaving a pool of water and debris.

John Dewey, a spokesman for Golden State Water Co., said the rupture to the 4-inch water main created a 5-foot-deep sinkhole but did not damage any homes.

The utility shut off water to the area at 9:38 p.m. and firefighters cleared the scene by 10.

Crews worked through the night to fill in the sinkhole and water service was restored by 5 a.m. to the six condominium units affected.

-- Tony Barboza

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