UCLA area again flooded by water line break, Sunset Boulevard shut down in Westwood
UCLA staff stacked sandbags to protect Pauley Pavilion early Sunday after an underground 30-inch water line broke in Westwood, causing water to gush so powerfully it took down two trees and shuttered Sunset Boulevard between Veteran and Hilgard avenues, authorities said.
The floodwaters in the 10600 block of West Sunset Boulevard were reported at 1:35 a.m.
No one needed to be rescued, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, who said firefighters arrived on scene before the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
LADWP crews completed the shutdown of the 30-inch water main about 7:45 a.m.
The flood did not affect student housing, but could affect other campus facilities in the immediate area, he said.
According to Humphrey, a residential property to the north of Sunset did take on water.
“Though no injuries or missing persons have been reported, LAFD will perform a comprehensive search of flooded subterranean sections of UCLA Lot 4 Parking Structure as the floodwaters subside,” he said.
Firefighters will also assist Los Angeles’ Street Services in removing toppled trees from Sunset Boulevard, he said.
Sunset remained closed between Veteran and Hilgard avenues, as was Stone Canyon Road from Sunset Boulevard to Bellagio Road, Humphrey said.
Video posted to the website Citizen.com showed water moving rapidly along the shoulder of a Westwood roadway.
The break occurred not far from a July 2014 rupture that spewed an estimated 20 million gallons of water across the UCLA campus and flooded numerous buildings, including Pauley Pavilion, the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, J.D. Morgan Center and the John Wooden Center.
LADWP officials reported that Sunday’s water main break was not the same trunk line that ruptured in 2014. “We have many large diameter pipes running thru this area of [the] city,” the utility said in a tweet.
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