The roadway in front of Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was flooded with water less than two inches deep after a water main break Thursday, August 3rd, airport officials said.
The water main break occurred at 7 p.m. under the Lower/Arrivals Level roadway between Terminals 5 and 6.
Flight operations and vehicular traffic were normal by Friday morning, August 4th, and the roadway was reopened at 4 a.m., airport officials said.
No flight delays due to the water main rupture were reported.
The water caused the roadway pavement in front of Terminal 6 to buckle in two areas and resulted in vehicle traffic being rerouted around the affected area throughout the night August 3rd, airport officials said.
The broken water main supplies the fire suppression systems, including sprinklers and standpipes, in Terminals 4 through 8 on the south side of the Central Terminal Area.
The fire detection systems, which include smoke detectors and fire alarms, were not affected, airport officials said.
Los Angeles World Airports structural engineers and maintenance workers continue to perform assessments to determine the exact location and cause of the break, as well as the extent of damage to the roadway.
The multi-agency response included several city departments — first responders Los Angeles City Fire Department, Airport Police, Los Angeles Police Department and LAX Airport Operations, supported by Los Angeles Building and Safety structural engineers and several LAX construction and maintenance night-shift crews.