[UPDATED] Water Main Break Shuts Down PCH at Trancas

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Photo by Beverly White / NBC

Friday, Nov. 28: Both westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of PCH were reopened by Friday morning while dozens remained without water.

A temporary water distribution spot was set up at Bailard Road and Lunita Drive. Those with special needs who want information on water delivery should call 310.595.4401.

Water flow will likely not be restored until at least midnight, according to the City of Malibu.


A major water main break and sinkhole in western Malibu shut down all lanes of Pacific Coast Highway on Thanksgiving night. 

The break was reported just before 7 p.m. near PCH and Trancas Canyon Road,  resulting in a massive geyser shooting water into the air and flooding several nearby streets. A lane closure was implemented across the highway and the water flow was finally stopped at 9:20 p.m. Flooding also forced the closure of Broad Beach Road, authorities said. 

As of 10:30 p.m., officials said one westbound lane of PCH traffic had been reopened and more lanes would be reopened “within the next three hours.” Those plans, however, were dependent on the extent of damage caused to the roadway. Broad Beach Road was fully reopened as well. 

Approximately 50 homes and 50 apartments were without water, according to LA County Public Works. Photos from the scene showed the pothole as being “bathtub” sized, as Beverly White of NBC4 tweeted.