UCLA flood: Pauley Pavilion floor to be completely replaced; plus, how to file a claim for damage

Water covers the court inside the Pauley Pavilion after a broken water main flooded the UCLA campus.
Water covers the court inside the Pauley Pavilion after a broken water main flooded the UCLA campus.
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Water covers the court inside the Pauley Pavilion after a broken water main flooded the UCLA campus.
Water begins to recede in the lower levels of a parking garage that was flooded after a water main ruptured on Sunset Boulevard near the UCLA campus.
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Key updates | How to submit a claim

The entire court of the iconic Pauley Pavilion will need to be replaced after a water main rupture nearby caused the building and five other facilities on the UCLA campus to flood, athletic director Dan Guerrero announced Friday. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power continued its efforts to fix the broken pipes, and UCLA reunited some of the drivers with vehicles that were stranded in flooded parking garages. DWP has said that anyone whose property was damaged or who was personally injured because of the flood can now submit a claim for reimbursement.

Key updates

1:42 p.m.: Ruptured water main repairs could continue into Saturday

Crews continued to work on repairs for the water main that ruptured earlier this week, releasing millions of gallons of water into the surrounding area and flooding portions of the UCLA campus, and officials said they expected the work to take until late Friday or early Saturday.

Street repair operations will begin after the water main is repaired, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said in its latest update.

Meanwhile, UCLA reports that beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, some owners whose vehicles were stuck in flooded parking structures were allowed to pick them up. The vehicles were being stored at Lot 36, located at Kinross Drive and Veteran Avenue in Westwood Village. The lot will remain open until 10 p.m.

UCLA continues:

In all, close to 1,000 vehicles have been stuck in parking structures 4 and 7 since Tuesday’s water main break on Sunset Boulevard flooded parts of the UCLA campus. Most of the cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles must remain in place until all water is pumped from the underground levels.

Both parking structures remain closed to the public. Gasoline and other chemicals are mixing with the standing water that remains. Safety staff are monitoring the water for toxicity.

12:52 p.m.: Pauley Pavilion floor to be completely replaced

UCLA plans to replace the entire floor at the iconic Pauley Pavilion athletic center after it was submerged in nearly a foot of water when a pipe ruptured and spewed some 20 million gallons of water onto campus and surrounding streets.

A message posted to the UCLA Bruins' website on Friday by athletic director Dan Guerrero included the following note:

The entire wood floor at Pauley Pavilion will be replaced with a new state-of-the-art court. Factoring in order, delivery, acclimation and installation time, it is our expectation that the new floor will be ready for play by the end of October. It is also our expectation that no regular season men’s or women’s basketball games will be missed as a result of the court replacement.

8:53 a.m.:  Cars being removed as repairs continue; how to file a claim

Crews have begun removing cars trapped by flooding from a broken water line on the University of California, Los Angeles campus, the Associated Press reports.

About 960 vehicles were reported to be trapped in the university's parking garages, up from earlier reports of 739. Many of the vehicles were below water left behind by the roiling flood. On Thursday night removal began of about 270 cars that were on upper levels and not damaged by water, according to AP.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said late Thursday that it would provide assistance to anyone whose property sustained damage because of the flood and invited people to submit a claim (see below for details).

Meanwhile, repair crews are shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by the ruptured pipe, as officials at UCLA continue to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus, AP reports.

DWP workers are reinforcing the excavated 56-by-41-foot crater and making the site safe for crews. The utility shared several updates on the process via Twitter:





Tips on filing a claim

The DWP said Thursday that anyone who sustained property damage or personal injury can file a claim. The utility offered the following FAQ to guide people through the process:

How do I file a claim?

The DWP has set up a web page where you can download and submit a claim form. Go to www.ladwp.com/claims and submit via mail or email with "UCLA CLAIM" written on the envelope or as the subject line. The DWP recommends including any supporting receipts, photographs, documents, ownership information, or other information related to the loss or injury.

What may I file a claim for and who needs to file the claim with LADWP?

You can file a claim for damage and repair of property or for personal injury stemming from the UCLA water main break on July 29, so long as you are the owner. If you were borrowing a vehicle, for instance, the owner should file. If you were driving a leased vehicle, DWP advised contacting the leasing agency for advice on who should file the claim. If someone else owns the vehicle and you had belongings inside, you should file separate claims.

How long do I have to file a claim?

You have six months to file starting from July 29, 2014, DWP says. The last day to submit a claim is January 29, 2015.

Will rental car expenses be reimbursed while I wait for repairs?

Yes. DWP says: "Reasonable rental costs of a same or similar vehicle type will be considered while your primary vehicle is being evaluated, repaired, or declared a total loss." However, normal operational expenses such as fuel will not be reimbursed.

What if my insurance carrier says that I’m not covered for this type of loss?

DWP says it has hired certified professional vehicle appraisers to inspect and appraise your vehicle for damage. Those reports will become part of your claim with DWP.

Should I file a claim with my vehicle insurance carrier first?

Yes. DWP says it recommends reporting the incident to your auto insurance carrier, because an insurance claim and settlement is the quickest way to get reimbursed.

Do I still have to meet my insurance deductible?

DWP says it will work with insurance carriers to waive the deductible once the carrier notifies DWP of its intent to file a claim for reimbursement.

This story has been updated.