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Broken pipe prompts street closure, water to be shut off in Lake Elsinore

By in Press Enterprise on January 6, 2018

By Liset Marquez

A broken water main in Lake Elsinore prompted the closure of a Lake Elsinore street Saturday and caused the water to be shut off in at least one apartment complex, authorities said.

Though an advisory from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department issued at 9:30 a.m. said Joy Street between Riverside Drive and Machado Street would be closed for 12 hours, the water department said repairs would be completed by 4 p.m.

The work also shut off water at the Walnut Grove Apartments, said Anette Ibarra, the apartments’ community manager. Ibarra added that there were several sinkholes on the street that prevented residents from entering the complex.

Ibarra said apartment residents are being asked to park in a nearby field.

“We were told (Saturday morning) that they were going to temporarily shut off our water so they can fix the pipe but they didn’t tell us how long it would take,” she said.

Ibarra said she sent out letters to every unit advising they contact the water department for details on when water would be restored.

The road closure and water shut off was caused by a broken 6-inch pipe, said Bonnie Woodrome, community affairs supervisor for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

Woodrome said district officials went door-to-door informing customers of the broken water main. She said she didn’t immediately know how many customers were impacted.

Although she couldn’t speak about the condition of the road, Woodrome said as of 1 p.m. crews were already on site working on repairs.

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