More water mains rupture in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews certainly have been busy due to a string of water main breaks over the last week. Some of them have been very severe, while others have been relatively minor.

On Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District, workers finished repair work on a break from early Saturday morning. Water has been restored in the 15 DWP customers who lost it, but it is a different story just a couple of blocks away.

Early Sunday morning, around 5:40 a.m., an eight-inch water main ruptured along Melrose near Crescent Heights, flooding the streets with water. Crews have been out all day working on the repair.

About 30 customers remain without water.

Crews are putting on final touches and repaving the road. DWP officials say they hope to have the problem fixed by Sunday night.

Many Fairfax area residents say that they aren't surprised by all these recent breaks, given how old the city's water and sewer systems are.

"I don't think they kept up the streets and sewer system for years, and they're not keeping up with the things, so it happens all over," says resident Sylvia Lecher.

In Hollywood, workers are repairing a four-inch line that ruptured on Lexington Avenue near Vine. No customers have lost water, but the pressure has been reduced due to the repair. Officials hope to have that all fixed by Sunday night.

Last week, a fire truck ended up waterlogged after falling into a hole, while responding to a serious water main break in Valley Village.

That incident happened just a few blocks away and two days after a major water main break along Coldwater Canyon near Ventura. Officials said that 63-inch line dated back to 1914. All the work has been done on the Coldwater rupture, and all roads have been reopened.

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