Too Many Water Main Breaks: Los Feliz Home Flooded (Photos)
Although we got a little rain in our lives earlier this week, courtesy of Tropical Storm Bianca, a few residents throughout Los Angeles are dealing with a wetter situation as three water mains broke overnight.
According to KTLA, LADWP crews are working through the day to fix the burst pipes as they all broke in the wee hours of Friday morning.
The first was a 4-inch pipe that burst in Los Feliz on the 3700 block of Effingham Place around midnight, flooding the basement of a resident's home. Around 30 customers were left without water, according to an LADWP spokesperson. John Cox, the supervisor of the crew on scene, told KTLA that the pipe was about 90 years old.
LADWP says the leak has been stopped, but naturally there are repairs to be done.
In Eagle Rock, a 16-inch main burst after 2 a.m. near the intersection of Avenue 45 and El Paso Drive, reports City News Service, leaving 20 customers without water. According to CBS 2, LADWP was surprised about this break because this pipe was installed in 1975.
In East Hollywood, a pipe installed in 1927 burst on the 600 block of North Juanita Avenue, leaving 30 customers without service.
According to the L.A. Times, over 5,200 pipes have leaked or burst since 2010, and that two-thirds of those faulty pipes were installed before 1950. Even though these three all happened within the same night, LADWP does not think they are related.
Well, it's not like we needed that water in the first place.