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Broken Water Main Floods
UCLA; People Rescued

Associated Press, by Matt Hamilton

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Posted By:PageTurner, 7/29/2014 10:21:30 PM

LOS ANGELES — A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school´s famed basketball arena. The 30-inch, 93-year-old pipe that broke under nearby Sunset Boulevard made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons of water across the school´s athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion, the neighboring Wooden Center and the Los Angeles Tennis Center, and a pair of parking

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Something new and freakish in LA to follow Sunday´s lightning strikes.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/29/2014 11:33:34 PM     (No. 9945595)

I´ll bet the farmers are in tears. Its bad enough that cities take water from reservoirs that were designed to provide irrigation water. But to see it flow into the sea without being used even by the smelts must be crushing.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/29/2014 11:37:17 PM     (No. 9945603)

Oh, great! There goes the last of the water. Nice! I´ll be eating almonds from Africa for a year now! Funny how they taste odd and look just like antelope droppings. But, that guy I bought ´em from said they were real African almonds. So....

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Reply 3 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 7/30/2014 1:28:38 AM     (No. 9945678)

LA has a lot of these old water mains, they handle a lot of pressure at the base of the Hollywood Hills, and a lot of them have been breaking over the last few years. It´s a miracle that they lasted as long as they did, what with the little earthquakes we get all the time much less the occassional large ones. There´s a schedule to replace them over the next ten years or so.

Seems like some remarkably poor architectural engineering at UCLA, whatever happened with this broken main could easily happen in a major rainstorm as well, expect to see some new cofferdams around all the openings that flooded today, and around Pauley Pavilion, better late than never.

There are going to be hundreds of cars damaged by water in the lower garage, fortunately it´s summer and the garages were (I assume) not full.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Subal, 7/30/2014 2:08:37 AM     (No. 9945690)

It was all the evening news could report on.
Every thing here is a major event. If the weather forcast calls for the possibility of light showers then the news is all "Storm watch".
You would think some times they would talk about the failures of our mooslim president?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: liberalslovetaxes, 7/30/2014 3:46:18 AM     (No. 9945708)

Oh, this is just a hiccup in California´s water woes. Ain´t that right, Jerry Brown?

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