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Water-main burst floods LA suburb

Several residents were forced out of their homes along a famous boulevard in Los Angeles after a large underground water main burst, flooding the suburb.

The broken 64-inch main spewed gallons of water into a stretch of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, sweeping away cars.

Firefighters took around four hours to stop the flow of water from the pipe. No one was injured, but a man was rescued from a car that was swept away.

A fire department spokesman said 125 firefighters responded and helped redirect water towards a storm drain. The water was several feet deep in some places and many of those evacuated were sheltered in a nearby school.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said the burst main dated back to 1914 and was part of the city’s original water system. It was due for repairs, she added.

Authorities said the section along the boulevard was likely to be closed for at least two days while clean-up work was under way.

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