Sinkhole opens after water pipe burst in Hollywood Hills

A large sinkhole opened in the Hollywood Hills Monday after a water pipe burst sent water through the city’s streets.

The breach was reported around 1 a.m. at the 6500 block of Cahuenga Terrace near Cahuenga Boulevard, according to Carol Tucker, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The area is located off the 101 Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl.

News video captured by OnScene.TV showed water flowing through the streets. Cars created waves as they drove through a deep puddle near the highway ramp.

Crews responded quickly, shutting off the water in about 30 minutes, Tucker said, but the break created a sinkhole on Cahuenga Terrace. The hole measures approximately 6 feet by 5 feet.

Nearby buildings were not damaged and no injuries were reported.

The exact cause of the break has not yet been determined. However, it is one of many water breaks in the area in less than a year. Tucker said Monday that the 8-inch cast iron pipe that broke was installed in 1931.

“We are aware that there have been several interruptions in this particular main line in this particular area,” Tucker said. “The city has prioritized replacing the pipeline, but we don’t have an estimated date when that will happen.”

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has miles of pipes throughout the city, she said, and a “large percentage” are still the originals.

“It’s a process of prioritizing those who need replacement and budgeting resources to do that,” Tucker said.

Sixteen customers were without water in the area Monday morning and service is expected to be restored by around 3pm

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