20 Million Gallons Lost After Water Main Bursts, Floods UCLA Campus

A 30-foot geyser erupted Tuesday after a water main underneath Sunset Blvd. broke, sending flood waters pouring into the neighboring UCLA campus.

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Video posted to Instagram showed water shooting out from the broken pipe and into the streets. The flooding was first reported at 6:24 p.m. ET in the 10600 block of Sunset Blvd., the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

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More than 20 million gallons of water were lost before the main was shut off, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said in a live press conference Wednesday.

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The flood waters poured into UCLA's campus as students either treaded through it, or found high ground to capture the event.

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A few people found a very creative way to get through the flooding:

Although the police said, "That is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do."

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"For somebody to try and boogie board in this, it's just going to be an asphalt bath," Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Jaime Moore said.

Water was seen rushing down the stairs at UCLA’s recently remodeled Pauley Pavilion.

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While the flooding was caused by a water main break, a prank caller told KABC it was caused by a cherry bomb or "really large dump."

Pauley Pavilion, home of the Bruins basketball team, was flooded with a reported 10 inches of water.

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The 49-year-old wooden building is considered historical. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Reggie Miller, Ed O'Bannon, Kevin Love, and Ann Meyers played there in college.

Firefighters work to dam up a stairway inside UCLA's Pauley Pavilion sporting.

"#summervibes over here at Drake Stadium," one student said with this picture.

The Los Angeles Fire Department ordered an evacuation of the campus and people were reported stranded in cars from the quickly rising waters.

Update: Pauly Pavilion taking on significant amount of water per LF37, #LAFD ordering evacuation of entire #UCLA Campus #BreakingNews

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Update: Pauly Pavilion taking on significant amount of water per LF37, #LAFD ordering evacuation of entire #UCLA Campus #BreakingNews

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*UPDATE: 10630 W Sunset Bl* #SunsetFlood there are vehicles + persons stranded (especially in parking structur... http://t.co/ACh0dZuSJa

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*UPDATE: 10630 W Sunset Bl* #SunsetFlood there are vehicles + persons
stranded (especially in parking structur... http://t.co/ACh0dZuSJa

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Firefighters saved up to five people who were stuck in the underground parking structures after the flooding started, the Associated Press reported.

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