Sinkhole Repaired on Street in Woodland Hills; All Lanes Reopened

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A stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard was reopened Sunday afternoon after a broken water main on Saturday morning resulted in the opening of a large sinkhole in the street.

All lanes were reopened as of 3 p.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.


Crews worked to repair Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, after a broken water main resulted in a large sinkhole. (Credit: KTLA)

Water began to leak through a rusty four-inch hole in a cast-iron pipe about 9 a.m. Saturday, officials said. The water undermined the street and then created the sinkhole.

The pipe had been installed in 1929, officials with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said. Given its age, the rupture was “not a surprise,” DWP worker Roberto Galvez said. “It’s lived its natural life.”

The collapsed pavement was torn out with a jackhammer so that an asphalt coal patch could be laid over the hole.

By 3:30 p.m., the broken 8-inch pipe had been repaired and water was flowing again to a nearby shoe store, two office buildings and Roy’s restaurant along the street.

The restaurant, at 6363 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, was reopened to customers at 5 p.m. after being closed during the day due to the water shutoff.

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