HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Local businesses have been impacted by a large piece of concrete that fell down a hillside closing Laurel Canyon Boulevard on Wednesday, January 11. A 9,000 pound chunk of concrete broke away from a house’s foundation and slid down a hillside onto the street.
ABC 7 News spoke to several local business owners, who say that businesses in and around the area are suffering.
“It is a disaster, the last two days the road is closed,” said Lida Levian, owner of Laurel Canyon Cleaners and Laundry. “Ninety-nine percent is dead, because the people, they don’t know we are open.”
Los Angeles City Council Member, David Ryu, submitted an emergency motion to allow funding for the installation of protective barriers along the center of Laurel Canyon.
“Today, I introduced an emergency motion that authorizes funding for city staff to commence work as needed over the holiday weekend on Laurel Canyon Boulevard,” said Ryu. “This is an utmost priority for the City and we will move with speed and caution to ensure that we can safely reopen Laurel Canyon to both commuters and residents.”
Officials are working to ensure the safety of the hillside and remove all debris from the roads before re-opening the roads to motorists. According to reports, the southbound lanes of Laurel Canyon Boulevard reopened on Monday.