Water Main Break Shuts Down LAX Parking Lot, Food Stands

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    Crews worked Friday to repair a 12-inch water main that ruptured at Los Angeles International Airport, flooding a parking lot and shutting down restrooms and food stands at some terminals.

    The break occurred just after 4 p.m. Thursday under the south side of parking structure 2B, which is across from Terminal 2, said Nancy Suey Castles, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operations LAX.

    The water was turned off some 50 minutes after the break, leaving restrooms and food and beverage concessions closed in terminals 2 and 3 until repairs could be completed and an alternate water supply could be put in place, Castles said.

    Those closures remained in effect Friday, and passengers were being directed to portable restrooms outside the two terminals, and to adjacent terminals, said Treva Miller, another LAWA spokeswoman.

    The repair operation could take until late Friday afternoon, and parking structure 2B will remain closed, Miller said.

    Because of the repair operation, the adjacent parking structure 2A will also be closed Friday, but people already parked in the structure were being allowed to retrieve their cars and exit normally, Miller said.

    Water in Terminal 4 was affected for three hours Thursday, but the service was restored, Castles said.

    Castles said the flooding left one vehicle partially underwater while other vehicles in the area were towed to higher ground.       

    Officials Friday reported that airport flight operations and traffic conditions around the Central Terminal Area remain normal, with no flight delays occurring.

    About 20,000 passengers are expected to depart on flights from terminals 2 and 3 Friday, Miller said.