A pipeline located on Sunset Boulevard ruptured shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. For approximately four hours, water gushed out onto the street and onto the UCLA campus. Cars were submerged under the constant flow in Parking Structures 4 and 7, and water leaked into some campus buildings and sports facilities including Pauley Pavilion, Bruin Plaza, the John Wooden Center, and the J.D. Morgan Center. Approximately 20 million gallons of water spread from the ruptured pipeline onto the surrounding areas and the UCLA campus.
Staff, students, faculty, and community members have come together to help one another. An update from Chancellor Block said: “As campus crews and contractors continue removing water from buildings and clearing debris from areas affected by Tuesday’s water main break, I want to thank everyone for their patience, hard work, and generous assistance to their colleagues and strangers.”
Kelly Schmader, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management (and Project SPELL supporter) commented: “It’s pretty inspiring to see how committed everyone is to our campus. It’s great to be surrounded by this team. They really rise to the occasion, especially when there’s a crisis like this.”
Are you looking to help UCLA get back to normal? Here are a few ways to get involved and to help prepare for future emergencies in our community:
- Help a Bruin by donating to the Chancellor’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund: UCLA Spark has established the Chancellor’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund to bring immediate assistance to those individuals affected by the flood.
- Sign up to be a part of ZimRide, UCLA’s ride-sharing network to help Bruins find rides to/from campus.
- Donate needed items to the UCLA Community Programs Office Food Closet.
- Learn about UCLA’s commitment to water conservation and ways to prevent drought.
- Make an appointment at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center and become a donor.
- Learn how to prepare for and respond to emergencies in your home or community through the American Red Cross.
- Find a class through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT organizes teams as an extension of first responder services to offer immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
For additional information on the flood and campus resources, visit the following news links:
- Flood Information
- Emergency Relief Survey
- Guidelines for Employees Affected by Campus Flooding
Source: UCLA Human Resources
- UCLA Newsroom Flood News
Source: UCLA Newsroom