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Residents in an upscale Tarzana neighborhood spent Friday cleaning up a muddy mess caused by the rupture of a aged pipe on Thursday evening.


Up to 4 feet of water poured into yards and garages in a Tarzana neighborhood.

Up to 4 feet of water poured into the community of million-dollar homes Thursday night when a 60-year-old pipe ruptured near Brewster and Topeka drives (map).

An 8-inch-wide water main cracked, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said on Twitter.

The underground pipe burst in front of a home that was undergoing an extensive remodel.

The rupture was about 36 inches long on the cast-iron pipe, according to the LADWP, which stated that the failure occurred due to the pipe’s 60-year-old age.

An 8-foot section of the pipe had to be removed and replaced, an LADWP supervisor on scene said.

About 25 homes temporarily lost water, but service was restored once workers patched up the pipe.

Streets were expected to remain closed until 3 p.m. Friday, the utility stated on Twitter.


LADWP workers installed a new pipe on Friday morning. It was wrapped in plastic and tape as workers prepared to pour sand slurry over it.

The rupture caused water and mud to flood yards and garages in the area, and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded, aerial video showed.

KTLA’s Chris Burrous contributed to this report.