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Sherman Oaks Water Pipe Break Partly Floods Ventura Boulevard; 4 Businesses Damaged

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An 8-inch water pipe broke in Sherman Oaks, partially flooding a commercial area of Ventura Boulevard midday Thursday and leaving four businesses with minor damage.

Firefighters were called to a report of flooding about noon in the 14500 block of Ventura Boulevard (map), Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Six firefighters responded and requested the city transportation officials shut down busy Ventura Boulevard between Van Nuys Boulevard and Cedros Avenue, Scott said.

Westbound lanes were shut down from Van Nuys to Vesper Avenue, according to LADWP.

Firefighters placed sandbags to divert water from entering businesses and used squeegees to remove water, LAFD's Andrew Crawford later said. Four businesses had minor damage, he said.

The 8-inch pipe broke at Ventura Boulevard and Vesper, according to Kim Hughes with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Aerial video showed water spilling over the wide sidewalk and into the street.

Fifty business customers were without water service, the utility stated on Twitter.

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