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Water main breaks close Ventura Boulevard in Studio City [Updated]

November 8, 2011 |  7:14 am

City crews worked Tuesday to stop the flooding from two water main breaks that forced the closure of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.

The first break occurred about 8:15 p.m. Monday in the 12000 block of Ventura Boulevard, closing the busy thoroughfare between Whitsett and Coldwater Canyon avenues. That portion of the boulevard remained closed Tuesday morning as crews worked to repair the break.

[Updated at 11:11 a.m.: The Department of Water and Power reported that one lane in each direction has been opened along Ventura Boulevard near Whitsett Avenue. It's unknown when the rest of the thoroughfare will reopen.]

The flooding broke the pavement and shut off water service to about 95 customers, mostly businesses, said MaryAnne Pierson, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Another break occurred in a water pipe at Ventura near Lankershim Boulevard about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, Pierson said. It closed a southbound lane on Ventura Boulevard.

About 20 businesses in the area were without water service, she said.

No private property damage was reported, and the cause of the breaks was not immediately known, Pierson said.

In September 2009, a 62-inch water main burst in the same area, severely damaging Coldwater Canyon Avenue just south of Ventura Boulevard. The ensuing torrent washed away cars and flooded several homes.


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Photo: Jesse Torres with the Department of Water and Power walks past a  large hole created by a water main break in the 12000 block of Ventura Boulevard. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times