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UCLA Demands $13M From DWP for Water Main Break

Last year's water main break on Sunset Boulevard released about 20 million gallons of water.

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    UCLA Demands $13M From DWP for Water Main Break
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    Los Angeles firefighters help drivers whose cars became stranded on Sunset Boulevard after a 30-inch water main broke and sent water flooding down Sunset and onto the UCLA campus, background, in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

    UCLA says last year's flooding from a broken water main caused $13 million in damage and it wants the city utility to pay.

    The school announced Thursday that it submitted a claim to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. That's often the first step to a lawsuit.

    Corrosion and structural problems caused a pipe on Sunset Boulevard to burst last July 29. That released about 20 million gallons of water.

    The University of California, Los Angeles says flooding damaged five buildings and athletic fields, submerged hundreds of cars in its garages and ruined a new wooden floor at Pauley Pavilion.

    UCLA and DWP are in settlement talks to avoid a lawsuit and both sides are confident an agreement can be reached.