With the water off, our focus is now on making sure we can get our infrastructure repaired and traffic moving as soon as possible. My office is working to ensure there is careful coordination among the various city agencies that will be required to recover from this major event. They include DWP, Transportation, Sanitation, Street Services, Fire, and Police, as well as UCLA. Sunset Boulevard near UCLA will remain closed tomorrow, so commuters should plan ahead and people should avoid the area unless absolutely necessary. Commuters should check online and consider Santa Monica and Olympic as alternates. I want to thank our first responders and those who will be working around the clock to get us back to normal.
According the LADWP, crews have completed shutting off water to the 30-inch trunkline that ruptured earlier this afternoon on Sunset Boulevard, near UCLA.
Preliminary information indicates that no customers are without water and water quality was not adversely impacted. Crews will begin work immediately to repair the 30-inch ruptured steel-riveted pipe that delivers water to the area at a high velocity from Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir.
Crews shut off three large diameter valves as quickly and safely as they could, taking care to avoid further damage due to pressure in adjacent pipes that could have lead to further ruptures if care was not taken.
Water flow through the pipe was estimated at 75,000 gallons per minute at the peak. LADWP serves approximately 500 million gallons of water to customers each day.
Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
Recommended traffic detours are as follows: Westbound on Sunset should go south on Beverly Glen then west on Wilshire Boulevard then back north on Veteran/Sepulveda to get around the closure. Eastbound traffic should head south on Veteran/Sepulveda then east on Wilshire Boulevard, then head north on Beverly Glen. For access into UCLA Campus please use Westwood Boulevard.
For the latest information, follow @LADWP on Twitter.
Earlier, the Emergency Management Department reported that the City of Los Angeles has activated its Emergency Operations Center to a level 1 to monitor the water line break at U.C.L.A. The Emergency Management Department is coordinating with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, L.A.F.D., L.A.P.D., Department of Transportation and U.C.L.A. Emergency Management.
It reported that the U.C.L.A. Medical Center was open and receiving patients. Two parking structures at U.C.L.A. have been flooded and L.A.F.D. is conducting a sweep of the area looking for stranded individuals.
LADOT recommended Westwood Boulevard for access to the UCLA campus (only if necessary; unnecessary trips should be avoided). Metro buses are also disrupted. Riders should visit twitter.com/metrolosangeles