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Pipe that caused UCLA flooding fixed

Los Angeles (AP) -- Officials say crews have finished repairs on a nearly century-old water main that burst and poured 20 million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus, ruining the new court at famed Pauley Pavilion.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says Saturday that workers completed replacing the ruptured pipe junction on Sunset Boulevard, welded a new juncture and installed a pair of 36-inch, two-ton valves.

The new section will be reinforced with concrete blocks and extra steel plating to protect the joint. The section will now need to be tested and slowly brought back up to its regular water pressure.

Now, crews are surrounding the pipe with gravel as a start to repaving the giant sinkhole caused when the pipe erupted in a geyser on Tuesday.

The flooding swamped hundreds of cars in parking garages.

The damaged floor at Pauley Pavilion will be replaced.

 
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