Updates from Friday, August 1
The UCLA Newsroom Twitter feed has the latest on the state of Pauley Pavilion:
UCLA will replace the floor of Pauley Pavilion before the start of the fall basketball season. Story upcoming.— UCLA Newsroom (@UCLAnewsroom) August 1, 2014
UCLA Newsroom also had more detail:
"Let me begin by once again thanking all of you for the outpouring of support, concern and offers of assistance we have received as we continue to work through the consequences of Tuesday’s flood," Guerrero said in a note to the UCLA Bruin community. "Officials and staff from the City of Los Angeles, the UCLA campus, primarily Campus Recreation, and from our Athletics Department have been diligently working 24-hours a day since the water main break."
Most of the athletic facilities affected by the flooding are back in normal operation, "but challenges do remain," Guerrero said. For the latest updates on the flood's impact at UCLA, visit this page at UCLA Newsroom.
Updates from Wednesday, July 30
Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register provides an update on UCLA's Pauley Pavilion:
UCLA has been assured that it will be able to play the full basketball season at Pauley Pavilion, AD Dan Guerrero says.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) July 30, 2014
Jack Wang of the LA Daily News provides an updated photo from the flood:
Josh Peter of USA Today reported on the cleanup at Pauley Pavilion following yesterday's flooding:
Pauley Pavilion will be ready in time for the UCLA men's basketball season despite flooding that damaged the floor in the school's arena, school officials said Wednesday.
The floor will be refurbished and playable for UCLA's first exhibition game, Oct. 31 against Asuza Pacific, according to Carl Newth, the university's campus building official.
Though the floor was dry Wednesday morning after emergency crews suctioned and mopped water, there was still water beneath the floor and the wooden planks were cupped and water stained. Newth said the floor will be sanded.
"I'm more concerned with the condition of the building,'' said Newth, who noted water also flooded the locker rooms. But he also said crews handling cleanup and repairs would "do that pretty quickly.''
Who doesn't love boating to class? The campus of UCLA looks less like Westwood and more like Venice after a water-main break flooded parts of the area.
You can see some of the aftermath below, via BuzzFeed's Jon Passantino:
UCLA's chancellor issued a statement on the situation, which can be read in full here:
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 30-inch water main broke near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Plaza.
By 5 p.m., flooding had affected parking structures 4 and 7, Pauley Pavilion, the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, J.D. Morgan Center, Acosta Center and John Wooden Center, as well as the North Athletic Field, intramural field and Bruin Plaza. Emergency response vendors have already been contracted and the cleanup process has begun.
Fortunately, and most importantly, no injuries have been reported.
ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman posted a couple of images of the flooding inside Pauley Pavilion:
Here is a photo of UCLA men's basketball locker room. Flooding. pic.twitter.com/latTmyyCny— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 30, 2014
Pauley Pavilion was renovated a couple years ago. Look at it right now. Court likely ruined. pic.twitter.com/mJuEUzDLXY— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 30, 2014
Drake Stadium, which houses the Bruins track and field and soccer teams, wasn't spared, either:
The break created a large sinkhole on Sunset Boulevard, per ABC7 Eyewitness News:
Considering the scope of the flooding, it could take weeks or even months for all of the damaged property to be replaced. Students should be sure to have swim trunks and flippers on hand just in case.