A West Hollywood resident said locals were “livid” after a 12-inch water main ruptured in a residential area of West Hollywood on Sunday morning – the fourth such break to occur in the area in past three years, the resident claimed.
The burst occurred about 4 a.m. in the 1200 block of North Formosa Avenue, near Lexington Avenue, according to Supervisor Michael Pittman of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The rupture sent thousands of gallons of water into the street, creating a small river that spilled over onto front lawns and through the doors of several homes.
“What really gets me the most,” resident Roxanne McBride said, “is that the gallons and gallons of water that was wasted, this entire block of over 265 people that live here, could have used that water for a week.”
Firefighters responded to the scene, where they dragged hoses into a flooded garage and began pumping water out. Six vehicles that were parked in the structure were damaged, the Fire Department said.
Fire officials were also conducting inspections on nearby Santa Monica Boulevard, where four businesses sustained minor damage.
Locals were “livid” because it was the fourth time the same section of the water main broke in the past three years, McBride said.
“Everybody wants to save water, right? Well then fix the frickin’ problems,” she said.
Los Angeles Department of Water officials shut off the water in the area about 5:40 a.m, said spokeswoman Terry Schneider. The utility initially said the water main break happened at 5:20 a.m.