UCLA staff stacked sandbags to protect Pauley Pavilion early Sunday after an underground 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.
No lives were put in danger by the floodwaters in the 10600 block of West Sunset Boulevard, which were reported at 1:35 a.m. No one needed to be rescued, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which arrived on scene before the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
No evacuations were necessary, LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey said.
The flood hasn’t impacted 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.
Video posted to social news site Citizen showed water moving rapidly along the shoulder of a Westwood roadway.
The break occurred not far from a July 2015 leak.
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