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UCLA flood: Sunset Boulevard reopens with reduced speeds

The rupture in the water main under Sunset Boulevard was visible where the two pipes converge. The other hole in the pipe, at right, is a result of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power attempting to plug the flow of water. Repairs were finished over the weekend, and Sunset Boulevard was reopened to traffic in early Monday morning.
The rupture in the water main under Sunset Boulevard was visible where the two pipes converge. The other hole in the pipe, at right, is a result of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power attempting to plug the flow of water. Repairs were finished over the weekend, and Sunset Boulevard was reopened to traffic in early Monday morning.
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Sunset Boulevard has reopened after crews completed repairs following a water main break that created a sinkhole and inundated parts of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office said in a statement that traffic on the major east-west thoroughfare began moving again at around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

The statement noted that vehicles will be required to travel at reduced speeds on the affected part of the boulevard.

On Saturday crews finished major repairs on a nearly century-old pipe that ruptured and spewed some 20 million gallons of water.

The flood damaged several campus facilities and swamped or stranded hundreds of cars in parking garages. The university retrieved many of the vehicles, and students were allowed to reclaim some of them through the weekend.