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Broken water main cracks open and floods Burbank street

Broken water main cracks open and floods Burbank street
Thousands of gallons of water flow from a broken water main at the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and First Street Sunday evening. (Ross A. Benson)

A ruptured pipe sent water gushing onto a Burbank street Sunday evening, lifting up chunks of the road and temporarily flooding the area.

The flooding occurred sometime around 8 p.m. when a water main located beneath the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and First Street ruptured.

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"There was a crack in one of the water mains, about an 8-foot crack to a section of pipe," said Joe Flores, a spokesman for Burbank Water and Power.

The ruptured pipe sent hundreds of gallons of water onto the street, but Burbank Water and Power customers were unaffected by the incident.

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Flores said pipes like the one that broke are in "the neighborhood of 60 years old" but are designed to last a lot longer and that the water main suffered a "premature rupture."

He said the broken pipe will be removed and replaced with a new section.

Flores added that Burbank Water and Power is looking into how the rupture occurred in the first place.

A pipe can rupture if it's not properly supported underneath or if there's too much weight on top of it, he said.

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"Just some kind of pressure placed on the pipe can stress it," Flores said. "That may not be the case that happened here, but that's one possibility."

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