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    Dec. 26: Large Water Main Breaks In NLB; LB Water Dept. Makes Repairs Before Dusk, Service Restored

    Flooded streets affected Artesia-McKenzie, Cherry To Walnut

    (December 26, 2004, updated) -- A large underground water main gave way on December 26, sending water into streets in the area of Artesia Blvd. from Cherry to Walnut Aves. and as far south as McKenzie St.

    [update] By midafternoon, a LB Water Dept. crew had diagnosed the problem and was replacing a portion of pipe near Rose Ave. By dusk, service had been restored. (Photos of repairs below).

    Earlier that day, shortly after 7:00 a.m., the scene was different...and wetter.

    We saw water mainly in streets. at or near curb level, occasionally higher. We're told water may have gotten into at least one garage.

    Preliminary info is the break occurred in a 12" inch line, a big one. We're told that there's a water line break -- usually in smaller lines -- about once a week somewhere in improvement over three breaks a week in previous years.

    LB Water Dept. crews were on scene shutting off the water shortly after 7:00 a.m.

    [Further update] By midafternoon, workers had zeroed in on the problem, excavated the site and were installing the new water main.

    Earlier today when the old pipe gave way, it began to undermine part of the street.

    LB Water Dept. workers were making final repairs by 3:45 p.m.

    Less than an hour later, LB Water Dept. Supervisor Paul Estrada told that the water main had been succesfully repressurized...with service restored.

    See subsequent development: Dec. 27: Yikes! Another Section of Artesia Blvd. Water Main Springs A Leak Overnight; Water Dept. Repairs It By Afternoon

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