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In L.A., Water Pipes Are Bursting And Engineers Are Baffled

There's word this morning from the Associated Press that "a water main is broken in the Winnetka area at Corbin Avenue and Kittridge Street" in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, there's a major story in the Los Angeles Times that's headlined "L.A. Engineers Are Puzzled By Uptick In Water Pipe Failures". The lede of that story:

Underground water pipes in Los Angeles have suffered significantly more "major blowouts" in the last three months, officials confirmed Tuesday after analyzing dozens of ruptures, some of which flooded streets, damaged vehicles and buildings and created a sinkhole so big that it almost swallowed a firetruck.

And the city's engineers don't know why.