A water main break Friday in the Mid-City area caused a geyser and sinkhole, making a wet day even wetter and disrupting service to dozens of Department of Water and Power customers.
The break was reported about 3:45 p.m. on La Brea Avenue south of Venice Boulevard, according to Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
HFS ???? a HUGE geyser on La Brea Ave @ Venice Blvd; just diverted on my drive home… #MidcityLA #oops pic.twitter.com/vimzB8nTKI
— g. Curmudgeon smitty (@slirt) March 3, 2018
La Brea Avenue was shut down between Venice and Washington boulevards as crews shut off the water and set about making repairs to the broken 12-inch main and ruptured pavement.
Two northbound lanes were reopened about 6:50 p.m. but southbound lanes remained closed, according to the DWP.
Water service was interrupted to 35 to 40 DWP customers and it was unclear when it would be restored, a utility spokeswoman said.
Crews were expected to work well into the night, according to the DWP.
The break occurred as a winter storm dropped light to moderate rain on Los Angeles and other portions of Southern California.
–City News Service