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L.A. water main break floods famous Sunset Blvd., UCLA campus

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Broken water main spews giant fountain of water in Los Angeles

Broken water main spews giant fountain of water in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES —  A portion of world-famous Sunset Boulevard was closed Tuesday afternoon after a nearby water main broke, spilling the precious commodity into the streets near and on the UCLA campus.

Los Angeles swiftwater rescue units have conducted five rescues, fire department spokesman Jamie Moore said.

Ankle-deep water flowed across sections of the UCLA campus.

Five buildings on campus were severely impacted, including the basketball facility, Pauley Pavilion, and John Wooden Center. Drake Stadium was also flooded, video from the scene showed.

But most of the water damage was to parking garages and athletic fields, said UCLA spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein. Classes had not been affected.

A crew from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power was trying to shut off the water flow.

Drought-stricken California recently passed statewide water restrictions.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in January. State officials say last year was one of California’s driest ever.