It will take days to repair the torn sewer line that led to the opening of the sinkhole in Boyle Heights on Friday morning, officials said.
A department spokesman said the city’s public works department was able to collect wastewater that spilled into storm runoff before it reached the Los Angeles River.
Firefighters reacted at around 8:15 am Friday morning to the news of a large crater on 6th Street and Mission Road.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works in charge of the renovation, a 33-inch brick and concrete sewer pipe collapsed, causing the cave to open right into the street. The section of the sewer network is 95 years old.
Department spokesman Paul Gomez confirmed that repairs could take from a week to 10 days.
While rain is expected in the coming days, Gomez said it will not complicate the renovation work.
No one was hurt by the sinkhole, firefighters said, but authorities ordered the car to be pulled back over fears it could fall and fall into gas lines as the sinkhole widens, firefighters said.
According to the Department of Public Works, the repair team worked to build a sewer bypass, remove water and debris, and repair the line.
Repairs will cost between $ 400,000 and $ 1 million, the ministry said.
“About 2000 [to] An estimated 3,000 gallons of water were released from the sewer, ”the department said.
According to the department, employees closed the sewer with sandbags and worked to trap the stormwater runoff before it reached the Los Angeles River.