Water Main Break Shuts Down Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood

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Officials say the pipe released 9,600 gallons of water per minute

A water main break flooded part of Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood Friday.

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive, near La Cienega Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The County of Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted that people should avoid the area. Officials said the pipe was releasing 9,600 gallons of water per minute.

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The break occurred at approximately 2:18 p.m. on a 36-in. pipe that was installed back in 1916, according to the LADWP. The department said shutting down the pipe was a complex process involving approximately 15 valves. The water was successfully shut off at approximately 6 p.m., with the cleanup beginning. 

Parts of Sunset remained closed into the evening.

Bystanders and media organizations quickly began sharing photos on Twitter. 

In July, a major pipe burst, flooding UCLA's campus by unleashing roughly 20 million gallons of water.

Sept. 26, 5:05 p.m. Updated with additional information about the pipe.

Sept. 26, 5:45 p.m. Updated with additional information on the shut-down process. 

Sept. 26, 6:53 p.m. Updated to reflect that cleanup had begun.

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