A break in a 24-inch water main caused extensive street flooding in South Los Angeles Friday, leaving several parked vehicles fully or partially buried in mud and damaging some homes.
The problem was reported about 5 a.m. in the decades-old cast iron main at 55th Street and Towne Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Crews shut down the flow of water after daybreak, but not before streets, yards and driveways were flooded. At one point, aerial images showed some vehicles sinking in the water toward the main break.
“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 LADWP issued late Friday morning that said 75 customers were without water.
“Crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to get water restored to those customers,” the utility said. “LADWP is working with other city agencies to reroute traffic in the area.”
Sections of 55th Street and 56th Street were closed to traffic between Main Street and Avalon Boulevard. Firefighters assisted some residents in getting out of their homes 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 LADWP said.
Information on how affected customers can file a damage claim with LADWP is available at www.ladwpnews.com/information-on-how-to-file-a-claim/.