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Studio City water main break damages cars, floods buildings, closes roads

September 6, 2009 |  8:02 am

Lanow.water Coldwater Canyon Avenue could be closed for three days after a 62-inch water main broke in Studio City, damaging nearby homes and businesses.  Update: The pipe was originally reported to be 64 inches.

Ventura Boulevard is expected to be closed until at least noon today, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department The break occurred at 10:40 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Coldwater Canyon and Dickens Street, causing widespread damage to cars, flooding buildings and weakening retaining walls.

Some residents were evacuated and 120 firefighter responded to the scene.

According to the fire department, the water was 3-4 feet deep and at least one person was rescued from a car.

No one was hurt. 

Officials are investigating the cause of the water main break.

[Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated how deep the water rose near the main break.]

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: City crews size up a sinkhole caused by a water main break at Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Dickens Street in Studio City. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times