Friday, October 21, 2016

Echo Park shops drying out after second water main break in two years


Oscar Carpinteyro cleaning up water damage at Rewind Audio

ECHO PARK – It was two years ago this month that Oscar and Jennifer Carpinteyro found themselves cleaning up their vintage stereo shop after a water main  break steps from their front door flooded the Alvarado Street store. Today, the couple were once again scraping out the mud and tallying up the damage after the same 8-inch water main ruptured in nearly the same spot. “This time it was much worse,” said Oscar Carpinteyro of Rewind Audio, where about four inches of water and muck damaged merchandise and display furniture

Rewind Audio was one of several Echo Park stores – including an antique shop and discount store – that were closed today as business owners dried out interiors and cleaned up damage caused by the early morning water break on Alvarado Street near Sunset Boulevard.  Those shops are located in the same buildings that were also flooded two years ago.

LADWP crews and heavy machinery were out on Alvarado repairing the ruptured line, diverting southbound traffic into some northbound lanes. Agency officials said water service to several businesses and residences will be cut off until later this afternoon.

Oscar Carpinteyro said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a phone call from a friend who told him their shop had been flooded. Not only did water flow into the shop through the front door but it also flowed out of the toilet in the back. “The water was much higher this time,” he said comparing it to the 2012 water main break.

With the help of a friend, the Carpinteyros began cleaning up and inspecting damaged merchandise, which included some hard-to-find vintage speakers from Sansui, JBL and Vandersteen.

The couple said they hope to reopen by the end of the week. Despite their flood-prone location, the Carpinteyros have no intention of moving. “We have poured our hearts and souls into the shop,” said Jennifer Carpinteyro.

Echo Park water main break on Alvarado

Discount store on Sunset Boulevard was damaged by flooding

Echo Park water main break on Alvarado

TV news crews park in front of closed Sunset Boulevard shops

LADWP crews repairing water line on southbound Alvarado near Sunset Boulevard

The street and sidewalk were damaged in several spots by the pipeline rupture

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