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Water Main Break Floods Sunset Boulevard In Pacific Palisades

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A water main break caused major flooding in a Pacific Palisades neighborhood Sunday night that crews were still working to repair on Monday morning.

March 28, 2021. (OnSceneTV)

A 16-inch water main burst at 7:43 p.m. near Sunset Boulevard and Muskingum Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The break turned Sunset Boulevard into a river and flooded the underground garages for several apartment buildings.

One garage was flooded with four to six feet of water. Firefighters swam through the floodwaters, looking for victims. One person who got trapped was rescued, but no one was hurt.

“We were in rescue-mode, actually suited up in wetsuits,” LAFD Battalion Chief Joe Everett said. “Fortunately, we have no victims.”

The water was so deep that L.A. County lifeguards were also called in to search the parking lot.

No residents had to be evacuated, the fire department said.

Sunset Boulevard, meanwhile, remained shut down between El Medio Avenue and Muskingum Avenue Monday.

L.A. Department of Water and Power crews were still working Monday morning to shut off the water. It’s unclear how long the repairs to the pipe and roadway would take. It’s unclear how many LADWP customers were without water.

“It’s about six feet of water. We’re going to go into what we call a dewatering, we’re gonna use our pumpers actually, create pressure and pump this water out, like I said we’ll put it in a suitable place down into the canyon or the storm drains and hopefully we’ll be back in operation shortly,” Everett said late Sunday night. “DWP is working very, very hard to get this shut off and also get water back to the public here for their use.”

Only one apartment building had reported damage as of Sunday night.

The L.A. Police Department and the L.A. Department of Transportation were also assisting.

The cause of the break was unknown.

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