Photos: Owners Reunited With Their Muddy, Smelly, Formerly Submerged Cars At UCLA
Tuesday was a glum day for the owners of cars wrecked by the UCLA flood.
More than 900 vehicles were parked in two lots at the Jackie Robinson Stadium last Tuesday when a broken water main resulted in 20 million gallons of gushing water flooding UCLA's campus. Today, 340 of them—not in the best of conditions—were waiting for their owners to come see the damage, KTLA reports.
UCLA seemed to help car owners the best they could, helping them with transit to the lot and handing out water and sunscreen. Owners were able to meet on-site with insurance adjusters who had set up in kiosks to go over their options. Some cars weren't in such bad shape, but others that had been completely submerged were total losses, caked with mud and smelling of mold. Many owners found that belongings that were in the car at the time of the flood were ruined—clothes, sporting equipment, and in some cases, laptops and other electronics.
DWP says they will be reimbursing people for insurance deductibles, car rentals, wrecked belongings and any personal injuries that may have occurred. The estimated amount DWP will end up paying out in claims due to this disaster is over $11 million.
UCLA Transportation was able to contract 11 tow trucks to pull the cars out at a rate of 11 cars/hour, UCLA's Newsroom says. However, on the bottom level, they required the help of a forklift first.
Sunset Boulevard was finally reopened to traffic on Monday.