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Millions of gallons of water flood UCLA campus after water-main break

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WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The cleanup continues in Westwood, and crews are working to repair Sunset Boulevard following the massive water-main break that spewed millions of gallons of water onto streets and the UCLA campus.

Officials said Wednesday that the repair process is going to take a lot longer than originally expected.

"The DWP is working hard, as they have been all night to continue the de-watering operation to try to get all the water cleared out of the trench. They're also checking the structural integrity of Sunset Boulevard," said Peter Sanders with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The water-main burst was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at 10643 West Sunset Boulevard. The street remains closed in both directions from Hilgard to Veteran avenues.

Department of Water and Power crews arrived to shut down the high-pressure main. Three different valves had to be shut down in a certain order at a certain rate to avoid pressure and potential breaks at other locations along the line, according to officials.
The 93-year-old ruptured pipe is about 30 inches in diameter and was pushing out about 75,000 gallons per minute at its peak Tuesday afternoon, DWP officials said. About 8-10 million gallons of water were lost during the entire incident. The water went into storm drains and onto a portion of the UCLA campus.

Water inundated parking structures and buildings, including UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Crews worked through the night to try to save the wooden floor.

Workers placed sandbags on the north side of Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a $133-million renovation in 2012. Parking structures 4 and 7 were closed due to flooding.

No one was injured during the flooding, but several vehicles were stranded and five citizens were assisted, according to the LAFD.


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