There doesn’t appear to be any connection between the water main break on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood on Friday and construction nearby on the Sunset La Cienega project according to Oscar Delgado, the city’s director of public works.
In an email message today to West Hollywood City Council members, Delgado said members of his department met with Heery International, a consulting firm engaged by the city to help monitor the complex project, to discuss the incident.
“At this time there does not appear to be any connection between the development at Sunset and La Cienega and the LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) water main break,” Delgado told Council members. “Additionally, according to the information received from the developer, CIM, all of the activity on the development site last week was within property boundaries.”
Elyse Eisenberg of the West Hollywood North Residents Association, in an email to Council members, questioned whether the Sunset La Cienega project’s construction might have contributed to the water main break. That break caused Sunset Boulevard to be closed near its intersection with Olive Drive until 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane were opened.
“Now that the repairs are wrapping up, we look forward to LADWP reporting on the cause of the break,” Delgado wrote. “Richard Harasick, the assistant director of water operations for LADWP indicated that age could have been a factor. Unfortunately, water main breaks are becoming more common as our infrastructure gets older.”
There was evidence of that earlier today when a stretch of Sunset Boulevard in Holmby Hills also was closed because of a water main break. Another break was reported in downtown Los Angeles at 3:30 a.m. today. And a water main break on Sunset Boulevard near UCLA in July damaged hundreds of cars in an underground garage.
Delgado noted that CIM Group’s general contractor helped reduce the impact of the flooding on nearby businesses. Some of them stacked sandbags in from of the Grafton hotel to stop water from entering its lobby.
“We will continue to work with both LADWP and Beverly Hills Water (both water suppliers to West Hollywood) to explore/address aging water lines in our city,” Delgado said. “As LADWP concludes their investigation we look forward to their findings.”