Ruptured Water Main Causing Major Problems Around UCLA

(Westwood, CA) -- Millions of gallons of water continue to flood a portion of the UCLA campus this evening due to a water main break. Officials say a nearly 100-year-old pipe ruptured before 3:30 p.m. local time along Sunset Boulevard north of campus. The broken 30-inch water main began blasting thousands of gallons of water into the street and onto campus. Several athletic fields were quickly flooded as UCLA students on campus for summer school suddenly had nowhere to go.
Firefighters were called on scene and had to rescue at least three people from cars that were trapped near the break. Ankle-deep water began flowing onto campus, lapping up against the famed Pauley Pavilion and other buildings. Firefighters were also concerned about nearby parking structures being flooded and told folks who had vehicles in those structures to stay out for the time being. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported in connection with the flooding.
Department of Water and Power officials have said they have to shut the water down gradually over fears that a sudden change of pressure would cause problems with other water mains. They were hoping to have the water shut off by 6:30 p.m. local time, about three hours after the break was reported. Officials say about 35-thousand gallons of water a minute is being lost, a statistic that is devastating to a region that is dealing with the severe drought that has plagued California. Sunset Boulevard is shut down for about a three-mile stretch due to the flooding, with no estimated time of reopening.