Water usually flows down street drains, but on July 30 it was flowing out from the drains and onto the pavement near Washington Boulevard and Oxford Avenue due to a malfunction at Oxford Basin Lagoon.

“One of two air bladders being used to seal the leading tide gates at Oxford Basin became unanchored,” Los Angeles County Public Works spokesman Kerjon Lee explained. “When the air bladder became dislodged, the water level within the Oxford Basin began to rise with the high tide within the marina, which peaked at around 9 p.m. This led to a back flow of water onto some local streets.”

Crews were on site the next morning to make repairs. Residents with concerns are asked to call (626) 300-3202 or report problems to the 2 4-hour dispatch center at (626) 458-4357.

— Joe Piasecki