Water main

Approximate location of water main break shown in black. (Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.)

Commuters heading downtown will want to avoid Wilshire Boulevard just north of the 110 Freeway on Wednesday, after a water main broke and flooded the street.

The break to the eight-inch water main occurred before 4:30 a.m. at 1111 Wilshire Blvd. and sent water flooding between Lucas Avenue and Bixel Street, said a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power official.

Only one lane was open in either direction in the morning, and the main won’t be repaired until at least 4 p.m., said Michelle Vargas, a LADWP spokeswoman.

It’s unclear how much of the street will have to be closed for the remainder of the day.

The cause of the break remained under investigation.

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