Water to 75 customers in a South Los Angeles neighborhood affected by a large water main break was declared safe to drink Monday evening by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
A boil water notice was issued Sunday when service was restored after the first round of water quality testing was satisfactory. Following comprehensive water quality tests of samples taken from the immediate area, LADWP notified customers by phone and door-to-door Monday that water is safe for drinking, the department announced.
Five of the eight properties damaged by the water main break had been designated safe to access as of Sunday, and residents were given the option of returning to those homes, DWP officials said. Three residences needed clearance by the Department of Building and Safety before those residents can return.
Mayor Eric Garcetti visited nearly 50 evacuees at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC Sunday and gave out Target holiday gift cards, said Anna Bahr, Garcetti’s deputy press secretary.
Garcetti later tweeted about the visit.
“Visiting families evacuated from homes surrounding the 55th St water main break,” he wrote “@LADWP is working to repair and restore service to get everyone back home soon. Meanwhile we’re providing accommodations and holiday gift cards to make this tough time as comfortable as possible.”
Crews spent Saturday night backfilling the section of 55th Street that ruptured when the 24-inch pipe burst around 5 a.m. Friday at 55th Street and Towne Avenue, causing flooding and a large sinkhole, damaging homes and leaving some vehicles fully or partially buried in mud.
Crews shut down the flow of water shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, but not before streets, yards and driveways were flooded.
The DWP reported that four vehicles sustained serious damage, despite the leak being substantially slowed two hours after the break was reported.
“The shutdown process for the 24-inch diameter pipe had to be done carefully so as to not damage other pipes in the area,” according to an DWP statement.
Sections of 55th and 56th streets were closed to traffic between Main Street and Avalon Boulevard. Firefighters assisted some residents in getting out of their homes and past the water that flooded their driveways and yards.
“The leak has caused property damage in the area, which will be assessed by on-site claim agents,” the DWP said.
Those whose vehicles were towed were directed to call US Towing at (323) 870-7100. They are located at 2119 E. 25th St. and no charge will be assessed.
Information on how affected customers can file a damage claim with DWP is available at www.ladwpnews.com/information-on-how-to-file-a-claim.
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