Officials to assess damage at UCLA arena

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials at UCLA will be assessing the damage today to the school’s famed basketball arena — which just underwent a $132 million renovation a couple of years ago.

At least an inch of water covered the floor overnight, after a major water pipe on a nearby street burst and spewed some eight million gallons. The arena’s locker rooms were also flooded.

The other two campus buildings that were damaged were the Wooden Center, which has training facilities for students, and a building that houses the school’s sports trophies, hall of fame and athletics offices.

Firefighters using inflatable boats saved at least five people who were stranded in parking structures. No injuries were reported.

The break in the nearly century-old pipe came as Los Angeles is dealing with a historic drought. A city councilman says it’s a bad time to lose about 35,000 gallons of water a minute.

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095-a-14-(Capt. Jamie Moore, spokesman, Los Angeles Fire Department, with reporters)-“trees coming down”-Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Jamie Moore says urban Search and Rescue teams will be assessing damage to structures and vegetation in the area that was flooded. (30 Jul 2014)

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097-a-13-(Jim McDaniel, senior asst. gen. mgr, Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power, at news conference Tuesday)-“the water system”-Jim McDaniel of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says crews had to be careful as they worked to shut down the broken water main. (30 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO LA126: A Los Angeles firefighter helps a driver whose car became stranded on Sunset Boulevard after a 30-inch water main broke and sent water flooding down Sunset and onto the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Gentry) (29 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO LA123: Water covers the playing floor of Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard on the campus in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Hamilton) (29 Jul 2014)

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