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UPDATE: Water main break closes road near Valencia High School

Posted: August 22, 2013 1:13 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2013 6:41 p.m.

Crews work on the site of a water main break on Dickason Drive near Valencia High School on Thursday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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SANTA CLARITA - Lanes of a road near Valencia High School were closed most of Thursday after a water main broke, fracturing pavement and temporarily flooding the area, according to officials.

The break was first reported in a 16-inch water main around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Cris Perez, operations manager of the Valencia Water Company.

Water shot up from the site of the break, fracturing pavement on the southbound lanes of Dickason Drive in Valencia.
“When this happens, water is going to find the path of least resistance,” Perez said. “That’s usually upward.”

To access the break and repair it, workers had to dig a hole approximately 20 feet wide and 5 feet deep on Dickason Drive, Perez said.

While the pipe itself was expected to be completed Thursday evening, Perez said, additional work is needed to repair and replace the asphalt on Dickason Drive.

“We want everything to be done and back to normal by the start of school (Friday),” Perez said.

Southbound lanes on Dickason were closed almost all day Thursday from Decoro Drive to Smyth Drive as a result of the water main break, according to Gail Pinsker, a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Pinsker said the closure affected access to the school off Dickason, but parents and students were still able to enter and exit through additional access points off Decoro and Smyth drives.

No students were evacuated as a result of the break, she said.

Only a portion of the school’s water service was interrupted, but that was restored fairly quickly, Pinsker said.
No other customers had their water service affected by the break, Perez said.

It is anticipated the water main will be repaired early Friday, at which point all southbound lanes on Dickason would reopen, city officials said late Thursday.

Signs in the area will alert drivers to ongoing closures, they said.
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