LOS ANGELES — A 93-year-old water main broke above the campus of the University of California-Los Angeles, sending a torrent raging through parking structures and athletic facilities.
No injuries were immediately reported from the flooding at UCLA, and many students used the occasion to go wading down steps that became waterfalls. Some broke out floats and were pulled through the accumulated water.
Some of the water reportedly may have damaged Pauley Pavilion, one of UCLA's athletic facilities, but many of the campus' other most famous buildings, such as Royce Hall and Powell Library, are perched well above the flooding.
Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Jamie Moore told NBC4-TV that crews were trying to divert up to 2 feet of water in parking structures 4 and 7 into storm drains. Swift-water rescue teams were dispatched, but no rescues were reported. He says they were on the scene in case firefighters needed them as they explore the flooded garages.
The break occurred about 3:30 p.m., just at the start of rush hour. Sunset Boulevard is a key artery on the city's tony west side.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that the broken line, at least 30 inches in diameter, dated to 1921. He says pressure on the line was gradually being reduced with hopes that it could be shut off.