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Another water main ruptures

October 25, 2009|Esmeralda Bermudez

The latest in a wave of water main breaks occurred Saturday afternoon on Avenida de Santa Ynez.

Los Angeles firefighters responded and crews cleared the scene in about 20 minutes. There were no reports of road closures or flooded buildings.

"This sounds, at least initially, that it's nothing out of the ordinary," said L.A. Department of Water and Power spokesman Joe Ramallo.

The break follows an upswing in major leaks in the city's water system. Officials scrambled for possible explanations, but said earlier this week that the rash of pipe ruptures appears to have eased, with fewer than 20 leaks this month. That's about average for October.

-- Esmeralda Bermudez

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