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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is close to completing repairs to damaged pipe sections under Sunset Boulevard that caused massive flooding on UCLA's campus on Tuesday, city officials said.

As of Saturday afternoon, crews had replaced damaged pipe sections and welded a new juncture. They also installed a "T" section that will channel water pressure more effectively than the previous pipes and two 4,000-pound "butterfly valves."

Crews are finalizing and reinforcing their work. Water pressure will also be tested before the crews finish; when the trunk line is put back in service, DWP said stress on the pipes could lead to leaks or breaks.

Crews will then backfill the affected area on Sunset.

Work on damaged areas of the campus, however, isn't as far along. Repairs to the wood floors at Pauley Pavilion, which were severely warped, have only begun. UCLA Athletics Director John Guerrero said the floors, along with those damaged at the John Wooden Center, would be replaced and are expected to be completed by November. Options for women's volleyball matches, which are held in the gym, are being considered. The Teen Choice Awards, scheduled for Aug. 10 at Pauley Pavilion, will likely be relocated.

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The Bud Knapp Football and Acosta Athletic complexes will be ready in a few weeks, Guerrero said, and the Drake Stadium track and field complex has already been restored to its original condition.

As a result of the flooding, about 900 vehicles were stranded in garages. While most were left dry, about 400 were left in standing water. Tow trucks ferried the cars to a different part of the campus starting Friday and damaged vehicles were inspected by DWP.

RELATED: Photos of Flooded Pauley Pavilion

Anyone with a damaged car can find information about how to file a claim at lapdnews.com.

The university has begun a crowdfunding effort aimed at raising $1 million to help fund repair work needed because of the flooding. As of midday Friday, nearly $8,800 had been contributed.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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