The town is abuzz about the 1921 water main in Westwood that ruptured yesterday afternoon, creating a a 30-foot geyser and then a 15-foot sinkhole in Sunset Boulevard and flooding parts of nearby UCLA. LADWP couldn't turn the main off until about four hours after it first ruptured and there are "at least" two sections that are still leaking near the break, which over the afternoon let loose something like eight to ten million gallons of water. (The whole thing is reminiscent of the summer of 2009, when the city's aging pipes, unable to handle variations in water pressure due to water rationing, started bursting all over the place.)
Meanwhile, UCLA's still a mess—as of this morning, more than 700 cars are still at least partially under water, a section of Sunset is still closed, and the cleanup effort will probably take days, says KPCC. (How many days? No one's saying yet.) The deluge would be unbelievable, were it not for camera phones and Twitter. We've collected several of the most stunning flood photos after the jump.
· UCLA flood: Cleanup, repairs to last days after water main rupture (updated) [SCPR]
· Broken water main floods UCLA at 75,000 gallons per minute [LAT]
· UCLA flood: Cleanup, repairs to last days after water main rupture [SCPR]
· Last Summer's Sinkholes and Street Geysers Explained [Curbed LA]