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LOOK: Broken water main brings big flooding at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

A water main break on Sunset Boulevard, on the campus of UCLA, has led to a disaster scene in Los Angeles.

Many parts of the campus, including the soccer field and the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion, have been pounded by a spate of water from the broken main that relentlessly spewed more than a million gallons into the surrounding areas.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power released the following statement:

"LADWP crews have completed shutting off water to the 30-inch trunkline that ruptured earlier this afternoon on Sunset Boulevard, near UCLA. Preliminary information indicates that no customers are without water and water quality was not adversely impacted. Crews will begin work immediately to repair the 30-inch ruptured steel-riveted pipe that delivers water to the area at a high velocity from Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir. Water flow through the pipe was estimated at 75,000 gallons per minute at the peak. LADWP serves approximately 500 million gallons of water to customers each day."

Reports late Tuesday from the Daily Bruin and Los Angeles Times state five buildings were damaged in the torrent -- likely non worse than Pauley Pavilion. It's estimated between 8 and 10 million gallons of water, from the main line that is 90 years old, spewed into the streets and seeped into UCLA's campus before the valve could be closed.

Videos directly below via @princecampos and @tony_ker on Instagram

Photos from the scene have the parking garage near Pauley also taking on tons of water. Drake Stadium is soaked, to say the least. Cars have been abandoned in the deluge and plenty of people around the campus have shared their photos and videos via Twitter and Instagram. We've got a collection of images from the surreal scene in Westwood below.

Pauley was renovated at a reported cost of approximately $133 million between 2010 and 2012. I visited UCLA in April; the building was gorgeous -- and it was a huge and challenging undertaking to update the classic arena to modern specs while still keeping its old charm. The damage below looks potentially devastating from a cost perspective. Millions of dollars, most likely. Crews were hustling into the night at Pauley to save whatever could be saved, but the entire building was affected by the overflow.

There's no telling yet what needs to be repaired, how much it will cost, and how long it will take to renovate yet again.

Hat tip LA Times for sharing some of the images above.

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