L.A. River roars to life

Today’s storm turned the Los Angeles River into a torrent of brown water and white foam as tree branches, foam cups and an occasional brave bird rode the rapids as the water passed under the Fletcher Drive bridge in Elysian Valley. The river, judging by the debris left on the pathway at right, had receded by a few feet by the time this photo was taken after 3 p.m. It’s quite the show but best viewed from a safe distance.


  1. They were doing some form of construction on/under the bridge where the fork lifts are. Little temporary sand bag dam keeping things dry, which I’m guessing is no more.

    • The current construction beneath the Fletcher Drive Bridge (completed in 1927) is a continuation from a seismic retrofit project begun last year. The barrier was a combination of sand bags reinforced with k-rails diverting the water and keeping the work zone under the bridge dry. Those sandbags are washed away for sure and it would be interesting to see how far downstream the water might’ve pushed the free-standing k-rails.

      Thanks for this photo. I love to see the river running high.

  2. Ahh, LA’s automated refuse disposal system working at high capacity. I’ve always wondered what those little holes in the curbs were for; however, time after time I see folks jamming trash in them. Pretty amazing feat of engineering to simply “flush” our trash out with this automated system. Whoever came up with this system was amazing. I love LA!

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