HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) – A pipe break sent thousands of gallons of water gushing into the roadway and shut down a major Hollywood thoroughfare Monday morning.
At about 1:30 a.m., a 12-inch water main burst in the area of Cahuenga Boulevard and Willoughby Avenue, near the 2 Freeway.
A witness told CBS2 he heard a loud pop, and the came outside to find water gushing everywhere.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews arrived and shut off the water, but said repairs were likely to take well into Monday afternoon.
Cahuenga Boulevard was closed in both directions as of noon. Drivers were advised to avoid the area.
The pipe was built in the 1930s, LADWP said, and age may have been a factor in the break. The cause of the break remains unknown.
The busy stretch of Cahuenga Boulevard contains several businesses. The Cahuenga Pet Hospital was forced to close for the day due to the fact that patients would be unable to access the hospital. There were no reports of water damage, however. Some businesses in the area were without water service. The exact number was not confirmed.