BREAKING: Biola Avenue flooded by broken water main

Several inches of water flooded the frontage road between the school and the off-campus apartments.

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Brittany Ung, Web Editor

Aug. 29, 11:21 p.m. update: Water has been restored to the houses on Biola Avenue.

A broken water main caused waters to surge through Biola Avenue, the frontage road between campus and the off-campus apartments, on Sunday morning and early afternoon. 

Waters had taken up about half the street on Sunday afternoon. (Brittany Ung/The Chimes)

The flooding started at a home near Mansa Drive and rushed down Biola Avenue, ending near off-campus apartment Lido on the corner of Rosecrans Avenue. 

Former Biola professor and alumnus Matthew Orr saw the flooding outside his home on Biola Ave, where he’s lived since 1972. The retired wrestling and soccer coach said waters reached halfway across the street at one point, and that there was an eye-level geyser erupting from the source of the flow.

Workers from Suburban Water Systems were called at 10:35 a.m., according to utility worker lead Carlos Farfan. 

Farfan said plumbers hired by the homeowner were digging up the sewer line and nicked the city’s 12-inch water main. The pipeline provides water for approximately 30 houses along Biola Avenue, though the Biola apartments’ water supply will be unaffected, Farfan said. 

The flood’s source was a broken water main at a house near Mansa Drive. (Brittany Ung/The Chimes)

Workers closed the water at approximately 12:18 p.m., and Farfan said homes along the street could be out of water until 7 p.m. on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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