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Water main burst floods homes, displaces 60 in Van Nuys

February 1, 2011 |  7:34 am

A 20-inch water main burst in a Van Nuys neighborhood early Tuesday morning, sending knee-deep water rushing into homes and businesses and displacing about 60 people, authorities said. 

The break was reported just after 3 a.m. on West Vanowen Street near Hayvenhurst Avenue, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find 18-inch-deep water rushing down both sides of Vanowen Street and flowing into homes and businesses.

Scott said they checked homes in the area to make sure no one was trapped, and helped people and pets from flooded apartments to safety in a nearby parking lot.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shut off the water flow about 5 a.m.

No injuries were reported.


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Photo: Rene Perez hugs his wife, Janet Parra, outside their flooded apartment on Vanowen Street in Van Nuys after a water main break Tuesday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times