Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

A car is removed from a parking structure, which was flooded by Tuesday's water main break, on the UCLA campus on Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A car is removed from a parking structure, which was flooded by Tuesday's water main break, on the UCLA campus on Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews have begun removing cars trapped by flooding from a broken water line on the University of California, Los Angeles campus.

Repair crews are shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at UCLA continue to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers are reinforcing the excavated 56-by-41-foot crater and making the site safe for crews.

UCLA officials said six facilities were damaged in Tuesday’s flooding.

About 960 vehicles were trapped in garages, with many below water left behind by the roiling flood. On Thursday night removal began of about 270 cars that were on upper levels and not damaged by water.

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