VENICE ( — Crews Wednesday worked to repair an 8-inch water main break in Venice.

The underground pipe burst around 3:45 a.m. in the 700 block of East California Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Upon their arrival, crews found nearly a foot of water flooding the neighborhood.

The rupture subsequently caused a sinkhole to erupt in the area.

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Crews have shut off water within the neighborhood.

More than 70 customers have been affected.

CBS2’s Mark Dunn reported the pipe was installed in 1913.

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Water restoration was expected by noon.