HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) —  A water main break Friday in the Fairfax District caused a flood and watery mess, officials said.

CBS2’s Stu Mundel flew over the break in Sky2 just after 4:35 p.m. when the break of the 6-inch main was first reported.

The break occurred in the 7500 block of Melrose Avenue, between Curson and Gardner.

LAFD was on scene trying to pinpoint the exact location of the break.

At least two nearby companies reported having more than an inch of water on their floors. The LAFD said only one of the businesses reported any damage to their entry and it was minor.

“Gallons and gallons of water  just pouring out ,” Mundel reported. “Too much water to be sure.”

The water was shut off by 6:09 p.m., according to the LAFD.  At that same time, the DWP said water service in the area from Spaulding Avenue to Gardner Street might be affected for the next 8-10 hours. As of 9:30 p.m., the DWP said crews would be working “through the night” and revised their return to full service “by tomorrow morning.”

No injuries were reported.

CBS2’s Rachel Kim reporting from the scene said quick-thinking business owners were able to get sand bags down to keep water from cascading into their stores.

There were no reports of any businesses with structural damage.

Cause of the break? Officials said the age of the main was a likely factor. It was installed in 1922.


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