LOS ANGELES – A massive water main break on the UCLA shot water 30-feet into the air and flooded streets and buildings while stranding people and prompting the closure of Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday.
People were stranded by rising water shortly before 3:30 p.m. when the water main burst near Sunset Boulevard from Marymount Place to Westwood Plaza, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It complicated the rush-hour commute for scores of drivers.
The 90-year-old water main was shut off four hours after it ruptured, but not before wasting 8 to 10 million gallons of water, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials said.
At least five people were rescued from an underground parking structure near the Edwin W. Pauley Pavilion, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Four swift-water rescue teams were in two underground parking garages evaluating the structures and checking for any stranded people.
The two parking structures have extensive flooding and people were advised to stay away from those areas, Los Angeles City Fire Department Capt. Jaime Moore said.
Campus officials evacuated people from the flooded areas, including a nearby stadium, practice field, basketball arena and a few other buildings.