SOUTH LA ( — A water main ruptured in South Los Angeles causing massive street flooding and the asphalt to buckle.

The 24-inch water main break ruptured at Manchester and Hoover avenues just after 4 a.m. Sunday.

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Crews have been able to shut off the smaller pipes adjacent to the water main break, but need heavier equipment to shut off the 24-inch pipe.

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The break had caused the asphalt to buckle, reported Joy Benedict of CBS2. Crews on scene were re-directing drivers.

“I was coming to the gas station and ran into this,” said one motorist. “Crazy!”

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“It’s horrible. Look at it,” said another. “It looks like you can go swimming in that! I see a man just walking with his shoes and his socks.”