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Crews work to repair water main breaks in Northridge, Gardena

February 3, 2010 |  9:03 am

A 16-inch cast-iron water main broke early Wednesday morning in Northridge, flooding streets and leaving hundreds of customers in apartment complexes without power.

All southbound lanes of Reseda Boulevard from Strathern to Arminta streets were closed after the 2:34 a.m. break in the 7900 block of Reseda Boulevard. Officials expect the street to remain closed until noon.

When firefighters arrived, water had seeped up through the ground, covering the street with several inches of water, said Capt. Steve Ruda of the Los Angeles Fire Department

What caused the break was not yet known, said MaryAnne Pierson, a spokeswoman for the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Moderate damage to the street was reported, Pierson said.

"There's not a sinkhole or anything like that," she said. "No major repairs, but it probably had some buckling and crackling."

Elsewhere crews from Golden State Water Company worked to repair a break in a 6-inch, 55-year-old water main that cut off 30 Gardena business customers. The break occurred at 130th Street between Halldale Avenue and Western Avenue, said company spokesman John Dewey.

-- Amina Khan