Flood Waters Hit UCLA (Photos)
Sunset Blvd. near UCLA campus will remain closed through Wednesday.
Multiple people and vehicles were stranded after a water main break on Tuesday caused a flood near UCLA's campus in Westwood. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said a 90-year-old pipe ruptured, and was at one time pumping 75,000 gallons per minute. Between eight and ten million gallions were lost, the department estimated, and repairs would continue into Wednesday.
The rupture sent water 30 feet into the air and opened a 15-foot hole in the street, the Associated Press reported.
The break came amid a historic drought when residents are being threatened with $500 fines for overuse. "We lost a lot of water, around 35,000 gallons a minute, which is not ideal in the worst drought in the city's history," City Councilman Paul Koretz said.
The Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched a crew to 10630 Sunset Blvd. to help people stranded in nearby parking garages. Authorities said the water is wheel-well high, but no injures were reported.
Among the buildings taking on water: the Drake Track and Field Stadium and the Pauley Pavilion, where the UCLA men's basketball team plays on the court named for legendary coach John Wooden and his wife Nell. The Pavilion was renovated to the tune of $136 million in 2012.
At least an inch of water covered the floor Tuesday night, and its locker rooms also were flooded. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said the floor would be cleared of water overnight and the damage assessed Wednesday.
The school may need to make contingency plans, but "luckily we're not in the middle of basketball season," Administrative Vice Chancellor Jack Powazek said.
See photos of the flooding below.
Pauley Pavilion was renovated a couple years ago. Look at it right now. Court likely ruined. pic.twitter.com/mJuEUzDLXY— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 30, 2014
Here's another photo -- up-close -- of Pauley Pavilion floor. Can't imagine it could be salvaged. pic.twitter.com/v6UhVTJUeF— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 30, 2014
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.