Hundreds of Car Owners Retrieve Vehicles Damaged in UCLA Flood

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UCLA teacher Bobak Mortazavi salvages his parking pass from his flood-ravaged car in a parking lot behind Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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Inside two parking lots at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday, about 340 cars caked in mud were lined up waiting for their owners to pick them up.

A week earlier, a water-main break on Sunset Boulevard sent more than 20 million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus and surrounding streets, flooding parking lots 4 and 7. Among the more than 900 vehicles that were reportedly parked inside, some clearly fared better than others.

Last week, a Westwood parking lot was full of smiles as students and staff reunited with their unharmed vehicles, backed into spaces one by one.

But Tuesday there was no jubilation as owners streamed in behind a batting cage — first signing in with university officials, then moving to one of several insurance kiosks staffed with adjusters.

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