Water Main Break Closes Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu

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The PCH was closed in both directions on Thursday night near Trancas Canyon Road; drivers told to expect delays throughout the night and avoid the area

The Pacific Coast Highway running through Malibu closed after a water main break created a sinkhole, authorities said late on Thursday. 

At 6:50 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station released a statement on the situation.

"Lost Hills Station units responded to assist Los Angeles County Fire Department units with a water line break. Water was spraying across all lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, downhill and across Broad Beach Road. Both roadways are closed to all traffic. A significant hole formed along the eastbound side of Pacific Coast Highway as a result of the water flow.

The water flow was stopped at approximately 9:20 p.m. Currently crews are cleaning both roadways and assessing damage."

The PCH was closed in both directions on Thursday night near Trancas Canyon Road. Broad Beach Road was also closed because of water running downhill onto the road, said a spokesman from the Lost Hills Sheriff's Department, adding that drivers should expect delays throughout the night and avoid the area. 

By 11 p.m. on Thursday night, all but one lane had reopened, while the westbound lane remained closed as of Friday morning, according to NBC. Crews were on hand Friday morning for repairs, during which 50 homes and 50 condominium units were without water.

Nov. 28, 6:20 a.m. Updated with information of reopened lanes.

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