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L.A. River roars on a stormy Sunday

Los Feliz | Barry Lank

By BARRY LANK

LOS FELIZ— As the strongest storm in years hit Los Angeles, the National Weather Service reported that today’s weather system had dropped 1.70  inches of rain through 4 pm. That adds to a total for January of about 6.5 inches so far – nearly triple the normal amount.

Amid flash-flood warnings, today’s storm turned the L.A. River into a roaring channel of water. More rain, thunderstorms and colder temperatures are expected tonight and more showers are forecast on Monday.

How high's the water mama? #flood #lariver #coyote

A video posted by Tory Belleci (@torybelleci) on

#lariver #lariverbikepath #larainstorms

A photo posted by rich mayerik (@dean_cameraon) on

Never seen this much water at LA river since we moved adjacent to it two years ago. #lariver #fsyarchitects #frogtown

A video posted by Vijay Sehgal (@vijaysehgal2029) on

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10 comments

  1. What a waste all going to the ocean.

  2. NeighborhoodSniper

    Just… Why the hell doesn’t the city or the governor set the money aside to build a reservoir to collect all the water from the rain? If they had already built it, the drought would be over or it would be almost over.

    • I’m gonna throw a bucket on a rope in there and grab some water for my plants

    • In the LA basin, it’s hard taking large areas out of use for water storage (for water that comes only every few years). Fortunately we do have some: e.g. Whittier Narrows, the Hahamongna watershed above Devil’s Gate Dam.

    • Sniper, and just exactly where is your proposed dam and reservoir going to go? Middle of Bellflower, Downey, Downtown…? Be realistic.

  3. Thanks everyone who shared pictures and videos, and Eastsider for publishing for us!

  4. Thank you, Eastsider, , and all the photographers who braved the rain to get these pictures.

  5. Remembering 1981-82? When living in Encino, north of Ventura, and the river was simply roaring near Huston St.

  6. Great pictures and video, thanks.

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