Water main break shuts down portion of Ventura Boulevard

A portion of Ventura Boulevard was shut down in Sherman Oaks due to a water main break on Wednesday morning.

The water main break occurred at 2:45 a.m. near the intersection of Ventura Blvd. and Woodman Avenue, officials said. 

Apartments in the area did not report any damage. However, some businesses, including a clothing store, financial office and Pilates studios suffered water damage.

In addition, 19 commercial customers were without power. 

At one point, the water was ankle-deep, officials said. 

It is believed the water main break was a result of the aging pipe system. 

Crews worked to repair the 8-inch cast iron main which was installed in 1969.