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At least three water main breaks flood Fairfax district streets

April 3, 2012 |  7:55 am


The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was responding Tuesday morning to at least three and as many as eight water main breaks that occurred in the city overnight, causing damage to streets and reports of at least one vehicle damaged by flowing water.

The breaks occurred in and around the city’s Fairfax district, the most serious at the intersection of West 3rd Street and South Fairfax Avenue that was reported at 2:38 a.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Thomas Somers.

The flooding in the vicinity of the Farmers Market caused parts of 3rd Street to buckle, a witness told City News Service.

MAP: Locations of water main breaks

The second break occurred at 1:36 a.m. at the intersection of North Bronson and La Mirada avenues in Hollywood, causing flooding as well, Somers said. Pavement was damaged in that area, as well.

The third break occurred in the 900 block of North Croft Avenue in Los Angeles, just south of West Hollywood.

Nearby resident Carlos Rodriguez told KTLA-TV he heard noise and decided to take a look outside.

"My street looks like the set of a movie," he said.

The DWP, which has not responded to calls, is investigating five other potential breaks in the metropolitan area of Los Angeles.


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-- Thomas Curwen

 Photo: Water gushes from a main break in the 300 block of North Vista Street near Beverly Boulevard in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times