Broken Water Main Causes Sinkhole in Laguna Hills

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — About 60 evacuees returned to their homes in Laguna Hils Saturday evening, after a water main ruptured earlier in the day and caused a sinkhole.

Firefighters responded to a report of flooding about 1 p.m. on Clover Hill Lane, according to Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Kris Concepcion. The broken 10-inch water pipe eventually spilled thousands of gallons of water in the area, prompting fears of a possible landslide.

“It was like a river,” evacuee Robert Rodman said. “It was coming down really fast.”

A 20-by-40-foot sinkhole opened above the water main, prompting the evacuation of 20 homes on Clover Hill Lane and Via Lomas.

“After about an hour of the water flowing, Moulton Nigel Water District was able to get the water to stop flowing,” Concepcion said. “We don’t know how many thousands of gallons of water flowed as a result.”

No on was injured in the flooding.

No flood damage occurred inside houses in the area, and water service had been restored in the affected subdivision after crews re-routed service around the broken water main.

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