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Workers Who Cut Pipeline Remove Mud

Workers building a 1 million-square-foot Calabasas industrial complex were reassigned Tuesday to an unusual residential project in Agoura Hills: cleaning up a neighborhood they accidently flooded with tons of mud and water.

The flooding occurred Monday when workers sliced open the main 30-inch pipeline of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.

District officials said the mishap was caused by earthmovers being used to relocate telephone and electric cables that cross the 60-acre Lost Hills Business Center.

The pipe rupture occurred on a hilltop that serves as the boundary between Agoura Hills and Calabasas. It sent water cascading down a hill and into backyards of homes in Liberty Canyon, officials said.

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Mud and rocks quickly clogged hillside drains that normally channel rain runoff away from houses on Provident Road.

“It sounded like Niagara Falls, and it looked just like a waterfall, too,” said homeowner Becky Evans, whose backyard and garage were flooded with mud and water.

Water service to several hundred homes was disrupted for 4 1/2 hours while welders from the industrial center project repaired a four-inch gash in the pipe, said Diane M. Eaton, water district spokeswoman.


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