Water main breaks at Palo Verde and Metz Street—again; the same line flooded the intersection last month

One month after crews cleaned up the muddy mess of a water-main break that shut down a stretch of Palo Verde Avenue, the same pipe broke again.

Crews are worked to repair the main that broke around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning at 3160 Palo Verde Ave. near Metz Street, according to Long Beach Water Department spokeswoman Kaylee Weatherly.

“It’s the same main line that had a break a month prior, but at a different location on the line,” Weatherly said in an email. The main was installed in 1953.

The water department restored water services to the 18 customers effected around 2 p.m. after originally estimating it would take until 6 p.m. to restore. There was no flooding or water damage this time, she said.

The repairs have shut down traffic going northbound on Palo Verde from Spring Street to Metz, but southbound lanes are still open. Crews are still on site cleaning up and all lanes are expected to be opened by 5 p.m., Weatherly said.

This story has been updated to reflect that services were restored at 2 p.m. and that Palo Verde would be closed until 5 p.m.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.