Bro­ken wa­ter lines in Cal City cut ser­vice

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CAL­I­FOR­NIA CITY — A se­ries of wa­ter line breaks in Cal­i­for­nia City overnight Mon­day and through­out the day Tues­day dis­rupted wa­ter ser­vice to parts of the city and led to the clo­sure of all schools in the Mo­jave Uni­fied School District on Wed­nes­day.

The wa­ter line breaks be­gan overnight Mon­day, re­quir­ing the city’s Wa­ter Depart­ment to shut off wa­ter ser­vice to some ar­eas while repairs were be­ing made.

These ar­eas in­cluded Melville Drive be­tween Har­vard Av­enue and Bay Av­enue, Ken­nis­ton Street be­tween Walpole Av­enue and Cal­i­for­nia City Boule­vard, Xavier Av­enue be­tween 91st Street and 94th Street, Heather Av­enue be­tween Is­abella Boule­vard and Poppy Boule­vard and Cal­i­for­nia

City Boule­vard be­tween 90th Street and Ha­cienda Boule­vard, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­leased Tues­day morn­ing by the Cal­i­for­nia City Po­lice Depart­ment.

As of 8 a.m. Wed­nes­day, wa­ter ser­vice had been re­stored to all ar­eas of the city, ac­cord­ing to the Po­lice Depart­ment.

Dur­ing the day Tues­day, the wa­ter shut­offs af­fected some Cal City schools, which are part of the Mo­jave Uni­fied School District. District of­fi­cials re­quested par­ents who could to pick up their stu­dents to do so early Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Tues­day evening, District of­fi­cials in­formed the pub­lic that all schools in the District, which in­cludes two cam­puses in Mo­jave as well, would be closed on Wed­nes­day as a re­sult of the wa­ter ser­vice prob­lems.

“Our district highly pri­or­i­tizes the health and safety of our stu­dents and staff, which was the ba­sis of this de­ci­sion,” of­fi­cials wrote in a no­tice posted to the District web­site and so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

All schools in the District were sched­uled to re­open to­day, of­fi­cials said late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Dur­ing Tues­day’s reg­u­lar City Coun­cil meet­ing, Mayor Chuck McGuire praised the ef­forts of the Wa­ter Depart­ment in re­spond­ing to the cri­sis.

“Our wa­ter depart­ment to­day ab­so­lutely shined,” he said.

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