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Pipe flooding UCLA will continue flooding for hours, say officials

The 93-year-old water main that has been spewing water for two hours will take another two hours to shut off, says Los Angeles Water and Power spokeswoman Michele Vargas.

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Water cascades down a stairway to a parking structure adjacent to Pauley Pavlion, home of UCLA basketball, background, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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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.

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Vargas says the pipe has to be turned off slowly to avoid more damage.

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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 a pair of parking structures where three stranded drivers had to be saved.

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