Busted Water Main Floods Streets in Mission Hills

MISSION HILLS (CNS) - LADWP customers in a section of Mission Hills were urged this morning to limit water use for at least the next 36 hours as repair teams worked to fix a busted trunk main that sent a river of water down streets.

A 72-inch trunk line burst at 4 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Devonshire Street and Woodman Avenue and caused flooding on properties on Woodman Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Trunk lines are “major arteries that deliver water between tanks and reservoirs to smaller water mains,” DWP officials said.

“A rupture on a pipe of this size requires close coordination with several LADWP district crews working at different locations, to slowly shut off valves in a choreographer manner, in order to prevent any further damage to the system,” according to a statement from the department. “As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday ... crews shut down 16 valves, allowing crews to begin preparing the site for excavation and repair work.”

Customers bordered by Brand and Roscoe boulevards to the north and south and Glenoaks and Sepulveda boulevards to the east and west were urged to limit use, the DWP said.

“We ask that customers check to see that their irrigation systems are turned off, as we have had substantial rain in the last two weeks,” officials said.

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