September 9, 2019
The City of La Cañada Flintridge Initiates Litigation Against Foothill Municipal Water District
La Cañada Flintridge, CA – In April 2019, a subterranean pressurized water pipe owned and operated by Foothill Municipal Water District failed under Foothill Blvd. Foothill Municipal Water District repaired the pipe and restored the road; however, subsidence in Foothill Boulevard occurred immediately thereafter which has now resulted in a large depression on Foothill Blvd west of Alta Canyada. Despite repeated requests by the City of La Cañada Flintridge for Foothill Municipal Water District to repair the depression in the road, Foothill Municipal Water District has been non-responsive to the City’s requests.
As a result, on August 20, 2019, the City of La Cañada Flintridge filed a Complaint against Foothill Municipal Water District in the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles. The City alleges that Foothill Municipal Water District: (1) was negligent by failing to maintain public property, which resulted in property damage; (2) was negligent in its repair of its water pipe, which resulted in property damage; (3) has created a public nuisance; and (4) is liable for inverse condemnation.
The City has restricted parking immediately adjacent to the depression to provide for increased visibility, so motorists are better able to see the presence of the subsidence. Furthermore, the City has been able to confirm there are no voids known to currently exist beneath the road and, thus, no further subsidence of the roadway is expected.
Mayor Leonard Pieroni stated, “We are very aware of the inconveniences presented by the subsidence and associated traffic control measures. We are also aware of the approaching rainy season and the additional complications that will bring. We are very disappointed that Foothill Municipal Water District has not taken responsibility for the condition they have caused. Therefore, we are taking this action to encourage, as strongly as we are able, that the Water District do the right thing and repair their damage to our roadway as soon as possible.”
The City of La Cañada Flintridge will continue to pursue any and all remedies available to repair and restore Foothill Boulevard.