Water line break closes Ojai Avenue & nearby businesses - REVISED

This article was revised July 22 at 6:56 a.m. Revisions are in italic.

07222014 water line seatsA muddy water line near the top of the seats, inside the Ojai Playhouse, show how deep the flood waters were inside the building. (Ojai Valley News photos by Tim Dewar)
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A backhoe bucket sits idle Monday morning at 7 a.m. in the hole created by the water line break Sunday afternoon.
Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher
A Golden State Water Company (GSWC) water line break near the intersection of Ojai Avenue and Signal Street Sunday will result in the closure of two businesses indefinitely and the rerouting of traffic for up to a week.
The Ojai Playhouse had recently reopened after undergoing structural repairs. Its next-door-neighbor, the Ojai Village Jester, was hoping to reopen sometime in July. Because of what one city of Ojai official described as a “massive flow of water” under and into the buildings during the break, the 100-year-old structure has been red tagged. They will not be allowed to open again until the structure has been examined, any needed repairs are made and the building is determined to be safe for occupancy.

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