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Water main break floods Whittier home

February 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A river of mud and water slammed into a house in Whittier Thursday morning, causing significant damage to the home.A water main broke near the 5800 block of South Painter Avenue, flooding a house inside and out with mud and water.

Crews had to drop sand bags to divert the flow. The house sits at the base of a hill where the water, mud and debris began gushing down just before 6 a.m.

"They were woken up to a loud noise, which we think to believe is the retaining wall, a cement wall that burst," said Insp. Sam Padilla from the L.A. County Fire Department. "Then the water and mud came through impacting the home. And then actually breaking a window to one of the bedrooms that luckily was not occupied."

The source of the water leak is still unclear.

No other homes were damaged.


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