Busted water main in Downtown Los Angeles flood streets

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A 12-inch water main burst in downtown Los Angeles this morning, sending water flooding down streets and affecting service to at least five buildings in the area.

Firefighters went to the area of Main Street and Olympic Boulevard about 3:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Repair crews were working to restore service, an effort that could go into the afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The water main reportedly is more than 100 years old.

Zachary Touchon told Fox11 that water flooded his music studio and art gallery.

“There’s about six inches of water down there,” Touchon said. “And this is after … working for several hours to try and stay ahead of it. Luckily, some of our more expensive art wasn’t destroyed.”

There was some pavement damage, and traffic was routed away from the area while crews worked to make repairs to the water main and the street.

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