Early Friday afternoon, the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to reports of a broken water main break in the intersection of Colorado and Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. Fire officials had trouble shutting off the water due to no direct access to the pipe that was broken by ongoing construction in the area. Fire officials had to shut down the pipe near broadway about a block down. The water was eventually shut off and vehicle traffic is set to be shut down for approximately 8 hours while emergency repairs are underway, it's unknown how many businesses and residents are without water. An official statement from the SMFD stated that they cleared at 12:43 pm, 34 minutes after they initially responded to the 911 call. The Santa Monica Police Department also responded to assist the SMFD in shutting down traffic while fire crews worked in the middle of the road to turn off the water. As of now, the city is making emergency utility repairs to the pipe which will go on for approximately 8 hours from an official statement made on the City of Santa Monica's Twitter account. The cause of the pipe breaking appears to be from construction that was happening in the Southbound lanes on Ocean Ave, it was more towards the sidewalk and out of traffic. Vehicle traffic was backed up while fire officials were shutting off water to the pipe on Colorado and Ocean ave. Pedestrians were in amaze to see a sprout of water in front of the pier such an amazing sight to see.
We requested a statment from the Santa Monica Fire Department and have not gotten a response baack at this time.