UCLA says last year's flooding from a broken water main caused $13 million in damage and it wants the city utility to pay.
The school announced Thursday that it submitted a claim to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. That's often the first step to a lawsuit.
Corrosion and structural problems caused a pipe on Sunset Boulevard to burst last July 29. That released about 20 million gallons of water.
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The University of California, Los Angeles says flooding damaged five buildings and athletic fields, submerged hundreds of cars in its garages and ruined a new wooden floor at Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA and DWP are in settlement talks to avoid a lawsuit and both sides are confident an agreement can be reached.