STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Ninety-five DWP customers were without water Tuesday as crews are working to repair a ruptured water main that left a busy section of Studio City completely submerged overnight.
Ventura Boulevard was shut down near Whitsett Avenue around 9 p.m. Monday after a 12-inch cast iron water main broke and sent three feet of water into the middle of the road.
One lane in each direction was opened late Tuesday morning, but not before the morning commute.
DWP officials say local businesses were primarily affected, but firefighters also worked to save cars parked on the street.
“If people can stay off the street for a little while, it would be a great help so we could get the situation under control,” LAFD captain Duane Golden told CBS2.
The fire department says this is the largest of four water main breaks in the Studio City area since last summer. Authorities say they have been caused by the city’s aging infrastructure.
Monday night’s rupture was near the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Ventura Boulevard, where homes and businesses were heavily damaged by flood waters two years ago.
All lanes of Ventura Boulevard are expected to reopen, and customers are expected to have service restored around 7 p.m. Tuesday.