Water Erupts Beneath Sunset Boulevard & Chaos Floods UCLA

This takes playing in the sprinklers to cool off to a whole new level! Damn college kids!

A ruptured water main poured over Sunset Boulevard and onto the UCLA campus, on Tuesday, July 29, according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials.

The highly pressured water erupted from beneath Sunset Boulevard after 3 p.m. Norma Desmond would not be pleased!

“Most effected is “UCLA side” of this apparent water main rupture,” officials said. “There are vehicles and persons stranded (especially in parking structures) by rising water (wheel well high), but no entrapment.”

With their vehicles trapped in the flooded parking structures UCLA’s regular commuters went into a panic and scrambled for cabs and public transit in order to retreat from the area.

“Looks like we’re getting a new car! The convertible is under five feet of water in the parking garage at UCLA!” Bryen Willis screamed. His partner’s car was one of the vehicles trapped and flooded in a parking structure. “Yet another water main break in L.A.’s failing infrastructure,” he exclaimed.

It’s a good thing the city has been buckling down on residents to conserve water for times like these!

The entire area went into chaos as the drama from campus flowed into surrounding neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced helpful detours to in the hopes of getting commuters to avoid the area and minimize panic.

“Recommended traffic detours are as follows: Westbound on Sunset should go south on Beverly Glen then west on Wilshire Boulevard then back north on Veteran/Sepulveda to get around the closure. Eastbound traffic should head south on Veteran/Sepulveda then east on Wilshire Boulevard, then head north on Beverly Glen.  For access into UCLA Campus please use Westwood Boulevard,” L.A. DWP officials announced.

L.A. DWP crews are working to shut down three large valves as swiftly and as cautiously as they can, in order to avoid further ruptures that could result from the increased pressure in adjacent pipes. Fingers crossed!

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