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Water-main break floods Tarzana neighborhood

A water-main break flooded an upscale Tarzana neighborhood on Thursday. Crews are working to clean up the mess.
October 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A water-main break flooded an upscale Tarzana neighborhood on Thursday. Crews are working to clean up the mess.

In just minutes, water flooded the yards of homes and streets near the intersection of Topeka and Brewster drives.

Officials say around 6:15 p.m., a water main broke in front of a home under construction. The yards of six homes were flooded.

"I do know this area has a significant water pressure in it, so for the amount of time we were here for 30 minutes a lot of water flowed down the street," said LAFD Battalion Chief Brian Schultz.

A home on a corner took the brunt of the damage. Water building up by a surrounding wall was acting like a dam, causing water to flow into other yards. That home suffered some interior damage.

A backyard swimming pool was left filled with dark, muddy water. Sam Velashjer and his family, who live next door, say their house is fine but a portion of the backyard is under at least 4 feet of water.

"Our yard was like filled with water and there's like a big lake back there," said Rose Velashjer.


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