Photos: Flooding Causes Sinkhole In West Hollywood
A broken water main sent 100,000 gallons of water down a street in West Hollywood yesterday, closing down one street and forcing tenants to evacuate.
The 12 inch main burst around 2 p.m. in the 1200 block of Formosa Avenue near Lexington Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Water flowed downhill into the intersection at Santa Monica Boulevard.
A dramatic sinkhole formed in front of the apartment where the main broke at 1209 Formosa, although authorities said the correct term is a "void" because it likely will not continue growing, according to NBC.
Some residents were not allowed to return to their apartments, according to reports but a DWP employee told LAist today that none of the apartments had been red-tagged. Water was turned back on at 10 p.m. but the street remains closed today. DWP workers told LAist that clean-up would take at least until 2 p.m. today.
The 70-year-old water main was repaired. The sinkhole had been mostly patched up by 10:00 a.m. this morning but the street is still very muddy. An employee at Jones Hollywood Cafe said that some water had gotten into the kitchen yesterday and a note in the window of the Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group (a pot dispensary) on Santa Monica Boulevard said, "please excuse our mess," expaining they had to close yesterday but will reopen today.
In the past few years, there have been at least two water main breaks in the same area. LADWP said the system is about 70 years old. Fox 11 reported that residents worry this could happen again unless all the pipes are replaced.