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Water main break in Stevenson Ranch

November 21, 2009 |  9:15 am

Crews were working today to repair a break in a 14-inch water main that caused a sinkhole and flooding in Stevenson Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Firefighters responded at 3:47 a.m. to the 25500 block of the Old Road, near Constitution Avenue, where the burst pipe had sent water coursing down the road for about an hour, said Los Angeles County Fire Supervisor Robert Diaz. The main broke along a stretch of the Old Road that is across from a shopping center. No shops or homes were damaged.

The break created a 30-foot wide sinkhole in the road, which was shut down as crews worked, Diaz said. It took almost an hour for firefighters to contact the Valencia Water Co. to shut off the water flow. A spokesperson for the water company could not be reached for comment.

-Ruben Vives