Nearly a week after a water main break flooded the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles, Sunset Boulevard has reopened. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office announced early Monday that the road had been reopened in time for the morning commute.
The water main break on Tuesday sent up to 20 million gallons of water pouring onto UCLA’s campus, damaging buildings and stranding hundreds of cars. It also closed the roadway near the campus, a road officials had initially hoped would be open again by the weekend. Slowly but surely, crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worked on the break, repairing the lines and resurfacing the street that was damaged:
Layers of wax tape being applied to new valve to help prevent corrosion. pic.twitter.com/zqebpSdv61
— LADWP (@LADWP) August 2, 2014
Final layer of street resurfacing begins. pic.twitter.com/fpBQUJGsDQ
— LADWP (@LADWP) August 4, 2014
Meanwhile, on the UCLA campus, people have finally begun picking up some of the cars trapped in flooded parking garages. The university had already said that Pauley Pavilion, which took in an incredible amount of water, would be ready for the fall basketball seasons. On Friday, Dan Guerrero, the school’s athletic director, said the pavilion’s wood floor would have to be fully replaced. Guerrero said he expects that the floor will be ready for basketball by the end of October and that no Bruins games should be missed.