A message from UCLA Chancellor Gene Block on campus cleanup following Tuesday's water main break. Previous message.

To the Campus Community:

As this trying week comes to an end, I again want to acknowledge the magnificent way in which our UCLA family has joined together in the face of a very challenging situation and update you on some of our progress.

Since moments after Tuesday’s water main break, I have been impressed — and not at all surprised — to see the round-the-clock efforts to restore operations to normal as quickly and safely as possible, and to see the many ways in which Bruins have helped those directly affected. I especially want to thank our dedicated staff from units across campus who have had the primary responsibility for repairs and cleanup.

Starting Thursday night, crews began moving undamaged vehicles from structure 4 to Lot 36 (map), where owners have begun claiming them. Unfortunately, there are many other vehicles that were damaged by water intrusion. Transportation Services has communicated to owners who have registered (registration form) that the removal of additional vehicles from structures 4 and 7 will continue over the next several days. This is just one of the many visible signs of the progress we have made.

Student Affairs has opened a temporary “one-stop shop” to provide assistance and referrals for students affected by this week’s events. The office is at the Bruin Resource Center (Student Activities Center room B44; map), and a phone line, 310-825-3945, will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note these other key resources for our campus community:

As many of you know, the Nell and John Wooden Court at Pauley Pavilion was badly damaged. As I have indicated, Pauley Pavilion will be ready to open this fall, and as Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced earlier today, the entire wood court will be replaced with a new, state-of-the-art surface in time for our basketball teams’ regular season games.

We will continue to look for ways to help our students, staff and faculty who have been affected by this incident. We also will continue the cleanup, assess the damage and return UCLA to normal operations —and keep you informed through the UCLA websites mentioned above.

Thank you for your patience and for all you have done to support these efforts.


Gene D. Block