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Furloughs slow water tank overflow probe

December 31, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
City furloughs are slowing the investigation into what caused a 5 million-gallon water tank to overflow and damage several homes in Thousand Oaks."It's having an impact on the investigation," Public Works Director Mark Watkins told the Ventura County Star. "It's not impacting the safety."

The water tank overflowed Dec. 22, sending thousands of gallons of water rushing down a hill and into the yards of three homes on Rutland Place.

The most serious damage happened to the home of Rick and Catherine Laveau, whose recently refurbished backyard ended up buried in about a foot of mud and rocks. The city is working with the Lavaeaus to repair the damage.

According to the Star, the city blames the overflows on the failure of three safety mechanisms, but what caused those mechanisms to fail is still unclear.

Watkins said the alarms are now functioning properly and adds the city is having workers manually check water levels every day.