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2 water main breaks in L.A. flood homes, apartment building

January 27, 2010 | 10:33 am

Two water main ruptures this morning sent water pouring into a downtown Los Angeles apartment building and two homes in Hyde Park, officials said.

An 8-inch cast-iron pipe ruptured about 8 a.m. in the 1500 block of West 65th Street in Hyde Park, creating a 20-foot sinkhole, said representatives for the L.A. Department of Water and Power and the L.A. city Fire Department.

Another 8-inch pipe ruptured about 4.30 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Avenue and North Figueroa Street, said Gale Harris, a DWP spokeswoman. The apartment building’s lobby, underground parking garage and gym were flooded, fire officials said.

-- Alexandra Zavis

Photo: Workers try to clear water from vacant office space in an apartment building after this morning's 8-inch water main break in the 800 block of West Cesar Chavez Avenue in downtown L.A. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times