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Gardena water main break floods homes [Updated]

March 6, 2010 | 11:33 am

A 14-inch water main broke and flooded at least three homes in Gardena early Saturday.

The water main break was reported shortly after 3 a.m. at 134th Street and Budlong Avenue, said Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Bernard Peters. He said three residential units were damaged from the flooding.

Repair crews with Golden State Water Co. were called to the scene to shut off the water. At least one home had about a foot of standing water inside, said John Dewey, a spokesman for the company. He said a claims adjuster was helping the displaced families with their living arrangements.

"We're working with them to cover any of their damages," Dewey said.

A portion of Budlong Avenue was closed to traffic as crews repaired the cast-iron main. Water also remained shut off for about 40 residents.

[Updated 3:31 p.m.: Crews finished repairs to the damaged main by early Saturday afternoon. Officials also said the repairs did not require that they shut off service to the 40 residents.]

"We're hoping to return water service by this evening," Dewey said.

The water main break was the second to occur in Gardena within about 24 hours. The first break was reported about 3 a.m. on Friday at Marine Avenue near Normandie Avenue, Dewey said, adding that no damages were reported. About 30 customers were affected by the break as repair crews worked on the 6-inch cast-iron main. Water was later restored to those customers, Dewey said.

-- Ruben Vives