Water main break on Sunset Boulevard — updated

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A 30-inch water main broke shortly before 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Plaza. Flooding has affected several parts of the UCLA campus. 

Update 6:23 p.m. UCLA Transportation has announced that emergency personnel vehicles and equipment will be deployed from Lot 36 this evening. Those who park in Lot 36 are asked to move their vehicles immediately.

Update 6:16 p.m. LADWP recommends the following detours for commuters in the area: Drivers traveling 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 north on Beverly Glen. 

In addition, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center reports that the water feed to the hospital and other UCLA Health System locations are not impacted and are not anticipated to become impacted. Due to street closures, traffic is congested in the surrounding area, however the medical center remains accessible. The hospital has not received any patients as a result of the flooding. 

Update 6:04 p.m. Parents with children attending a summer camp at UCLA can pick up their children at the flag pole near Royce Hall.

Update 5:56 p.m. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has announced that it is in the process of shutting off the water. The shutdown must take place gradually to avoid additional water main breaks. Sunset Boulevard is closed between Hilgard Avenue and Veteran Avenue.

Update 5:51 p.m. Operations at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center are not affected by the water main break.

Update 5:34 p.m. Authorities have closed access to parking structures 4 and 7. People should not try to retrieve their cars.

Update 5:13 p.m. Water has been seen inside the J.D. Morgan Center, which houses athletic staff and administration offices, the George Kneller Academic Center and UCLA's Athletic Hall of Fame, and water has been spotted inside the John Wooden Center. 

UCLA Transportation sent an email at 4:56 p.m. telling people that they may try to retrieve their vehicles from parking structures 4 and 7, but must obey instructions from emergency personnel.

Update 4:57 p.m. Workers are placing sandbags in certain areas across campus, including on the north side of Pauley Pavilion, where some water has already gotten inside. Non-emergency personnel from UCLA are being asked to head south, away from Sunset Boulevard.

Update 4:51 p.m. Parking structures 4 and 7 have been closed. Water is visible on Bruin Plaza, North Athletic Field, the intramural field and in Drake Stadium.

4:20 p.m. Sunset Boulevard is closed at Hilgard Avenue to Westwood Plaza. People are advised to avoid the area.

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