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Water shut off from main that flooded UCLA campus, Sunset Blvd. (updated)

Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Los Angeles County firefighters stand-by along Sunset Boulevard as a water main spews water and floods the UCLA campus.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
UCLA students gather to photograph a flooded quad area on campus after a water main on Sunset Boulevard ruptured.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Los Angeles County firefighters build a berm to prevent water from entering Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main break on Sunset Boulevard.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
A BMW is submerged in water after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard and flooded the UCLA campus.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
A UCLA maintenance worker reacts after measuring the water depth inside a parking garage on campus. His tape measure read more than four feet as water continued to fill the garage from a broken water main on Sunset Boulevard.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Rob Strotman, who works in the IT department for the School of Arts and Architecture takes a video with his cellphone of the water flowing on campus from a ruptured water main on Sunset Boulevard.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Emergency responders shut down Sunset Boulevard after a water main broke and flooded the UCLA campus.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
UCLA employees remove water from the John Wooden Center after a water main rupture on Sunset Boulevard flooded the campus.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
A Los Angeles County fire truck enters UCLA to help mitigate water flooding the campus from a broken water main on Sunset Boulevard.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
UCLA students navigate a flooded street as they walk on campus after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Los Angeles County firefighters make plans to build a burn around the Pauley Pavilion after a water main rupture flooded the UCLA campus.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
The pressure of the water main rupture caused some of the street to crack along Sunset Boulevard near UCLA.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
A maintenance worker tires to mitigate flood damage to the UCLA campus after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Los Angeles County firefighters staked sandbags along the UCLA Pauley Pavilion to try and prevent more water from entering the recently renovated sports arena.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Water covers the court inside the Pauley Pavilion after a broken water main flooded the UCLA campus.
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Water and debris covers the court inside Pauley Pavilion at UCLA after a water main broke on Sunset Boulevard. Crews worked to mitigate the flooding and began removing water from the recently renovated sports arena.
Los Angeles County firefighters work to remove water from the Pauley Pavilion after a broken water main flooded the UCLA campus.
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Update 6:57 p.m.: More than four hours after a 30-inch water main ruptured, sending water shooting 30 feet into the air and flooding Sunset Boulevard and UCLA, officials shut off the flow, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The newspaper, citing city officials, said the water main break sent 8 to 10 million gallons of water flooding into the university:

The 90-year-old main line — nearly 3 feet in diameter — delivers 75,000 gallons a minute and gushed torrents of water for more than three hours after bursting shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Previously: A broken water main near the UCLA campus spewed water into the air, stranding cars and people in underground parking structures and flooding Pauley Pavilion and campus athletic fields, as well as other parts of the school.

Los Angeles Water and Power spokeswoman Michele Vargas says the water main under Sunset Boulevard that has been spewing water for two hours would take another two hours to shut off.

Vargas says the pipe has to be turned off slowly to avoid more damage.

"It’s a pretty odd sight, you know, more like Yellowstone than Los Angeles," UCLA molecular biology grad student Aaron Cooper told KPCC.

There was an immense geyser surging from the middle of the street on Sunset Boulevard. Streets on and near campus are flooded, and fast-moving sheets of water are pouring down the entrance of a parking structure and into campus athletic fields near Pauley Pavilion, which received a $136 million renovation just two years ago. The water covered the arena's new wood floor.

TV reports also show a car surrounded by muddy water up to the wheel wells and students wading through ankle-deep water.

"If you can get out and take a peek on Sunset it’s like a river," Cooper said. "It’s running right through the middle of campus."

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The flooding closed Sunset between Marymount Place and Westwood Plaza at the north end of UCLA's campus, NBC L.A. reports. The break happened just before 4 p.m.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that the broken pipe is from 1921. City officials say the pipe carries water from a reservoir in the San Fernando Valley.

The pipe normally carries 75,000 gallons per minute, according to a city press release.

The cause of the break hasn't been determined.

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This story has been updated.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the cost of the Pauley Pavilion renovations. KPCC regrets the error.