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Broken water pipe floods UCLA

Posted: July 30, 2014 7:00 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2014 7:00 a.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a broken water pipe that flooded parts of the UCLA campus has been shut off after releasing millions of gallons of water.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power assistant general manager Jim McDaniel says the pipe was shut off around 7 p.m., some 3 1/2 hours after it broke under Sunset Boulevard and began spewing water onto the nearby campus.

McDaniel says an estimated eight to 10 million gallons were released. He says the entire city of Los Angeles uses 55 million gallons per day.

The 30-inch, 93-year-old pipe that broke under nearby Sunset Boulevard made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons of water across the school’s athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion and the neighboring Wooden Center training facility, as well as a pair of parking structures that took the brunt of the damage.

The arena — where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Reggie Miller and Kevin Love starred and John Wooden coached for 10 years — recently underwent a $132 million renovation that was completed in October 2012. At least an inch of water covered the floor Tuesday night.

Firefighters, some using inflatable boats, have saved at least five people who were stranded in the underground parking structures.

People saw the water and started rushing down the stairwells to rescue their cars, and authorities had to keep them out as water rose up to the wheel wells of vehicles, many of which were stranded, city fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Firefighters have been searching cars in the structures to make sure they haven’t lost anybody who was inside, Humphrey said. No injuries have been reported.

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