Saturday, October 22, 2016

Atwater Village’s big green line


Pedestrians can still walk behind the green flood control barrier | John Vandiveer

ATWATER VILLAGE — The temporary flood control barrier being constructed along the L.A. River has been going up at a pretty fast clip. In only a few days time, the sand-filled barrier, made from wire mesh and green fabric, had already stretched from about Fletcher Drive on the south to beyond the Sunnynook Footbridge on the north when John Vandiveer took these photos earlier in the week.  He points out that there is still a path for pedestrians behind the barriers.

The barrier, constructed under the supervision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will eventually stretch for about three miles on both sides of the river between Griffith Park and Elysian Valley. The barrier is designed to reduce the chances of the river overflowing in Atwater Village and adjacent neighborhoods during the El Niño rains. It is scheduled to be dismantled in the spring.

Atwater residents who live near the barrier might want to read up on a brochure recently featured the army corps’ Twitter feed: So, You Live Behind a Levee! What you should know about how to protect your home and loved ones from floods.

Wire and mesh barriers are filled with sand | Jonathan Vandiveer

Wire and mesh barriers are filled with sand | Jonathan Vandiveer

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