UCLA's Pauley Pavilion flooded after massive water main break

Workers try to clear water from the floor of Pauley Pavillion on the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles

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Not even two years after Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136-million renovation, UCLA is probably going to have to put more money aside to restore the hallowed basketball arena.

Flood water from a major water main break just north of the UCLA campus Tuesday evening left Pauley better suited to host a water polo match than a basketball game.

Pauley Pavilion was not the only UCLA athletic facility damaged as a result of the 8 to 10 millions of gallons of water that emanated from the ruptured water main. Drake Stadium, which is home to UCLA's soccer and track and field teams, was submerged. Water was also inside the J.D. Morgan Center, which houses UCLA's athletic department offices and its sports hall of fame.

The 30-inch water main broke at roughly 3:30 p.m., flooding Sunset Boulevard and several campus parking facilities for more than three hours before the fire department managed to shut it off.
Jeff Eisenberg

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