Two different water pipes in Los Angeles County broke within 24 hours in a row, sending water out into the streets of Universal City and into Venice, closing some lanes of traffic.
The first break, in Universal City, took place Monday afternoon. A cast iron water main, 87 years old and installed in 1934, failed due to a “split,” the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said.
It is one of three leaks that a particular water pipeline has occurred over the past five years, according to a spokesman for LADWP.
The broken pipe sent water flooding down Cahuenga Boulevard, in a stream flowing from Oakshire Drive to Lankershim near Universal Studios.
The incident left 41 LADWP customers without service overnight and closed Cahuenga. A southbound lane was still blocked Tuesday morning, as was the sidewalk where pipe repairs were taking place even though the water had been withdrawn at the time.
The water flows from Oakshire to Lankershim in Universal City. Beverly White reports November 1, 2021.
The flood also threatened businesses, including the General Admission restaurant. Already facing adversity due to months of pandemic restrictions, the water main temporarily closed the area the restaurant uses for outdoor dining.
“It’s tough right now, cause of COVID and everything,” said restaurant manager Kamran Pourkazemi. “We’ve done our best to get through last year, and then of course I feel, ‘oh, there’s just always something new on the way for us and our business.'”
Repairs to the main outage on Cahuenga Boulevard are underway, and crews are working overnight to replace the part that split. A large hole in the sidewalk was visible as crews replaced the pipe, waiting for slurry trucks to fill up with dirt.
The timeline for repairs in Universal City put the completion of the project at. 14.00 Tuesday.
The second break, in Venice, took place around noon. 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to the LADWP spokesman, when a six-inch cast iron pipe burst.
The water in this area was closed around noon. 03.00. Repairs are expected to take anywhere from six to eight hours, the LADWP estimates.
At least 12 services in the area are affected by the leak and the consequent shortage of water, including the administration building at a nearby school. LADWP did not specify which school was affected.
Delivery to that school is likely to be affected by the leak.
According to LADWP, a section of the street between Broadway Street and Brooks Avenue had only one lane open in each direction.