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Water Main Break Floods Downtown Street, Closing Businesses

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A water main that broke Thursday night shut down a popular stretch of 6th Street in downtown. At about 8:30 p.m., a 12-inch cast iron main broke, flooding the street, sidewalks and some businesses between Main and Los Angeles streets. Business such as Cole's French Dip and The Varnish, two popular bars, were forced to close.

Water main breaks became somewhat of an epidemic in Los Angeles last year beginning September when a break flooded a Studio City neighborhood and another one caused a fire truck to be sucked into the ground. A report concluded that the city's water conservation ordinance that only allowed watering two days a week was responsible for the pressure build-up. There has been no official word on what caused Thursday's break.

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