Wednesday, October 26, 2016

L.A. River rescue; power out in Echo Park, Highland Park, Los Feliz & Silver Lake; Gold Line trains delayed; rain everywhere [updated]

Rainy morning in Highland Park | Katrina Alexy

Rainy morning in Highland Park | Katrina Alexy

Two persons were plucked from the rain-swollen L.A. River and power went out in parts of Echo Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz this morning as a powerful and fast-moving Pacific storm drenched the area. Downed trees and power lines snarled traffic, and Gold Line train service was disrupted after a tree fell near a station in Pasadena. Here’s a run down of some storm and possibly storm related news as well as any updates:

  • Electrical service to 1,542 LADWP customers in Echo Park is expected to be restored by 11:30 a.m., according to the agency’s power outage page. There are 900 customers in Silver Lake without power, and service is not expected to be restored until 11:30 a.m.  More than 9,000 customers across the city are without power.  Update @ 11:24 AM: Power was still out in Echo Park as outages have grown in number since early this morning, with an estimated 1,350 without electrical service in Los Feliz, where service is not expected to be fully restored until early Saturday morning. Another 214 customers had lost service in Highland Park, and smaller outages were reported in Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington.
  • Gold Line trains are sharing outbound tracks between the Del Mar and Lake Avenue stations in Pasadena after a tree fell near the Del Mar stations. Metro is telling riders to expect “significant delays” but has provided to specific estimates. Update: Normal service has resumed but residual delays expected until 8:30 a.m., says Metro.
  • More than 1-inch of rain has fallen at USC  while the Mount Washington weather station reports .83 of an inch has fallen, according to the National Weather Service.  Rain is expected to diminish by this afternoon, with Saturday expected to be sunny and cool. Update at 11:32 a.m.: Rainfall totals have increased to 1.58 inches at the USC/Downtown weather station and 1.26 on Mount Washington.

Atwater Village

Helicopters hovers over the river at about 10:30 a.m. as rescue effort begins in Atwater Village | Niki Smart

Helicopter hovers over the river at about 10:30 a.m. as rescue efforts got underway in Atwater Village | Niki Smart

Update @ 12:05 p.m. : Two persons who had reportedly been clinging to a tree in the river near Glendale Boulevard have been rescued. The L.A. Fire Department reports that it has rescued one person in fair condition from the L.A. River; rescuers later found and pulled a woman out of the river, according to the  L.A. Times.  The female suffered some lacerations but otherwise was in good condition, according to KCAL reporter Kaj Goldberg.

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

One man had been located but rescuers were still looking for a woman when this photo was taken | Sandy Driscoll

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

Photo by Sandy Driscoll


Echo Park

Update @ 9:35 a.m.: Stadium Way has also been shut down near Elysian Park Avenue, causing traffic to jam up and spill over on to side streets, including Scott Avenue and Portia Street, as commuters look for a way to Downtown, reports one motorist.
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Google Maps

Los Feliz

Update @ 8:51 a.m.: One of the large ficus trees along Vermont Avenue fell just south of Franklin Avenue, blocking south bound lanes.

Echo Park

Photo by Jennifer Deines

Photo by Jennifer Deines

Update @ 8:15 a.m.: Elysian Park Avenue just outside the Dodger Stadium entrance was blocked off this morning, apparently because of downed power lines.

Montecito Heights

Photo by Martha Benedict

Fallen jacaranda on Pagoda Place |  Martha Benedict


Fallen jacaranda on Pagoda Place | Martha Benedict

Winds were blowing hard across Montecito Heights last night when resident Martha Benedict heard a “whoosh” and the sound of something falling.  “I imaged a branch from my tree. Turned out it was my neighbor’s ENTIRE jacaranda tree, one that has always provided a wealth a shade and purple blossoms. Very sad!”

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