Crews Repair Busted Water Main That Flooded Venice Homes

This is the second time a water main break has caused major flooding in the area, according to residents.

By Samia Khan and Toni Guinyard
|  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014  |  Updated 7:35 PM PDT
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A water-main break in Venice Monday evening sent 100,000 gallons of water gushing into the streets. Ted Chen reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Venice beach Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Ted Chen, Mark James

A water-main break in Venice Monday evening sent 100,000 gallons of water gushing into the streets. Ted Chen reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Venice beach Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

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Crews Work to Fix Busted Water Main

A Venice neighborhood was flooded when a water main broke. Toni Guiynard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Water Main Break in Venice

A water main break flooded a Venice property and left about 20 customers without water Tuesday morning. Toni Guinyard reports for Today in LA on Tuesday July 15, 2014.
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Crews worked Tuesday to repair a pipe that broke, sending 10,000 gallons of water into homes, officials said.

DWP officials expedited a fix to replace about 1,000 feet of drinking water pipe after the break was reported Monday night in the 200 block of Carroll Canal. The heaviest flooding was found along South Venice Boulevard and Dell Avenue.

The underground garages of the homes were flooded with about two feet of water. Some belongings were destroyed, according to LAFD.

"Water goes up into the garage," said Jenny Swan, adding that a water main broke in the same neighborhood 18 months ago. "If you don't have everything elevated, you're gonna have a mess."

Glenn Searle said his neighbor called him about 11 p.m. Monday to report a "new river had formed."

They got dressed, went outside and "watched the river go by."

His neighbor saw the river coming straight at him.

"So he was all excited," Searle said.

About 20 Department of Water and Power customers were without water Tuesday morning, officials said. Those customers were expected to be without water until the 6-inch pipe is replaced.

DWP officials could not confirm whether the pipe that broke Monday is the same one that broke in August.

"Here we are again," said resident Sheena Duggal. "The last time this happened I lost my car and about $40,000 worth of property."

Oleevia Woo contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this reported indicated customers were without power. Customers were without water service, but power outages were not reported.

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