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  • 30 July 2014, 4:56

Burst Water Main Closes LA's Sunset Boulevard

A burst water main in Los Angeles has caused chaos on the city's university campus and forced the closure of Sunset Boulevard.

Video footage from a helicopter appeared to show a huge hole blown in the boulevard, next to Marymount High School in Westwood, a short distance from several UCLA buildings.

Fox News affiliate KTLA said that water flooded into the street and poured on to the UCLA campus, flooding buildings and leaving students stranded.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said three people had to be rescued from parking lots, after the incident at around 3.30pm, local time.

LAFD Captain Jaime Moore told KTLA: "We're treating this the same as we would a flash flood. Everybody is safe as long as they stay away from this water."

Thousands of gallons a minute spilled out into the street and the emergency services have been forced to close Sunset Boulevard between Veteran and Hilgard.

The road is one of Los Angeles's best known streets, running through some of the city's most exclusive districts from west to east and back, from downtown LA, through Hollywood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills to north Santa Monica.

The fire department deployed a number of boats to help rescue people trapped.

It was estimated that as much as 36,000 gallons of water a minute flooding out of the broken 30inch main, said CBS Local News.

Several UCLA sports buildings were reported to have been flooded.