The L.A. DWP is preparing to repair an Echo Park water line that ruptured early this morning near Alvarado Street and Sunset Boulevard, flooding some nearby businesses, knocking out water service and threatening to disrupt the morning commute. At least one southbound lane of Alvarado south of Sunset will have to be closed as crews rip up the street and repair the damage, according to one Department of Water and Power worker on the scene. In addition, he said water to many of the businesses and a few homes on the west side of Alvarado between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Ynez Street had been shut off.
While water was no longer gushing from the ruptured eight-inch water main, a layer of mud still covered the street and sidewalks. Cracks and holes were visible on the east and west sides of Alvarado. Water and some muck had also flowed into a rear storage area of the nearby Hit Bargain discount store. Most other businesses had not opened for the day, so it’s not clear how many others may have also suffered water damage.
* Update: About 50 DWP customers will remain without water until the water line is repaired, said an agency spokeswoman. Alvarado just south of Sunset will be reduced to one traffic lane in each direction as crews repair the broken line.