In the summer of 2014—amidst a drought that continues to plague much of the west coast—the area of Los Angeles surrounding UCLA experienced a confounding type of flood. It came in the form of a burst water main nearly 30 inches in diameter, which tore a hole in the street roughly 15 feet across and drenched the area with about eight million gallons of water.
What’s even more confounding is the fact that city officials have reportedly stated that this will happen again as century-old infrastructure gives way to the abuses of time and corrosion.
Fortunately, when the water main was successfully shut off after about three and a half hours, cleanup crews took to the scene with a variety of advanced equipment to help minimize the damage.
One specific building to receive attention was Pauley Pavilion, a recently renovated—to the tune of $136 million—athletics facility that was set up for volleyball at the time. That’s where Advance® autoscrubbers entered the scene.
Cleanup crews leveraged their Advance mid-size rider scrubbers by running them with empty tanks and using the squeegee and vacuum systems to pick up several inches of standing water and transport it to appropriate drainage areas. While this function is less common than their typical day-to-day use, Advance autoscrubbers feature the high-performance vacuum power, large capacity pickup tanks and long-life cordless operation that made them a great resource in minimizing some of the damage that occurred during this unfortunate situation.