UCLA says it will offer financial help to employees and students whose vehicles were damaged by a main break that sent about 20 million gallons of water onto campus last month.
The school is making interest-free loans of up to $5,000 available to about 100 employees who had parked into two campus lots inundated during the July 29 incident. The loans will be repaid over two years through payroll deduction, according to a news release.
In addition to the loans, school officials have emailed 260 vehicle owners, many of them students, to say that nearly $56,000 will be available from a UCLA Foundation emergency relief fund.
Parking structures 4 and 7 were drained and cleared of debris and nearly 1,000 vehicles that were stranded – some for nearly a week. Most of the vehicles were claimed and retrieved by owners, others were declared total losses.
The parking structures have been deemed safe by engineers, school officials said. Crews removed dirt and other debris that flowed into the parking areas that remain closed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.