Pipe flooding UCLA will take hours to shut off

LOS ANGELES - Officials say a broken water pipe that is flooding parts of the UCLA campus will take hours to turn off.

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.  The pipe is leaking 35,000 gallons per minute.

City officials say the pipe that was laid down in 1921 carries water from a reservoir in the San Fernando Valley.

The cause of the break hasn't been determined.

The pipe flooded parts of the nearby UCLA campus, especially Pauley Pavilion and a pair of parking structures where three stranded drivers had to be saved.

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