Storm slams Eastside [updated]

L.A. River rushes under the North Main Street Bridge, Lincoln Heights | Kevin Break

Trees toppled, power was knocked and storm drains overflowed as the heavy storm that had been expected for a few days arrived this afternoon, drenching the Eastside and the rest of the Los Angeles area.

Almost two inches of rain fell on Downtown by the evening and more rain – though not as heavy – is expected to keep falling for several more hours, according to a forecast discussion posted by the National Weather Service at about 9 pm.

Here’s a rundown of the photos, news and alerts we came across today. Thanks to those readers who shared photos and information.  You can send photos and tips  via email to  hello@theEastsiderLA.com or use our online form.

Update @ 12:30 PM, Saturday, Feb. 18: A Silver Lake resident named Omar said that power has been restored to the neighborhood near Silver Lake Boulevard and Berkeley Avenue after about 12 hours without service.

Update @ 8:21 AM, Saturday, Feb. 18: LADWP reported that as of this morning power was out to about 2,115 customers in Highland Park, 1,637 in El Sereno, 1,500 in Cypress Park, 731 in Boyle Heights and 6,441 in East Hollywood.

Update @ 8:09 PM: More than 2,000 LADWP customers in Glassell Park have lost power, according to the agency website. Service is not expected to be fully restored until tomorrow.

Update @ 7:22 PM:  Power went out in a section of Silver Lake near Sunset Boulevard and Westerly street, according to Linda D.M.

Update @ 6:10 PM: Not sure if this is rain related but police have closed off Baxter Street at Alvarado Street in Echo Park following reports of a vehicle crashing into a garage, says LAPD Central Traffic Division.

Update @ 6 PM: Lights are out on Main Street between Daly Street and Griffin Avenue in Lincoln Heights, according to scanner reports.

Update @ 5:07 PM:  The CHP has issued a SigAlert on the northbound 2 Freeway at San Fernando Road in Glassell Park because of  flooding.

Update @ 5:05 pm: Nearly 1,000 LADWP customers in El Sereno are without power. Service is not expected to be restored until Saturday.

Update @ 4:53 pm:  Major flooding reported in on 8th Street east of Soto Street in Boyle Heights, according to scanner reports.

Angeleno Heights

Photo by Jenna and Cali Thornhill Dewitt

A large street tree fell across Bellevue Avenue near Marion Avenue at about 3:30 pm in Angeleno Heights, said Jenna Thornhill Dewitt. “Luckily it was street sweeping day on this side of the street so no property damage other than sidewalk.”

Boyle Heights

A post shared by Nico Avina (@nico_avina) on

A tree and utility pole are down near Gless Avenue and First Street.

Cypress Park

Photo by Kevin Break

The rain-swollen L.A. River flows past the new Riverside Bridge between Cypress Park and Elysian Valley.

Elysian Valley

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Glassell Park

A large pine tree fell across Yosemite Way and landed against a home in Glassell Park near Delevan Elementary. Photo and info from James Schuyler

Highland Park

Lincoln Heights


Broadway Ave viaduct shot from Spring Street bridge.

Posted by Kevin Break on Friday, February 17, 2017

Kevin Break shot this video of the L.A. River roaring under the North Broadway Bridge between Lincoln Heights and Chinatown area.

Photo by Carol Reush

A large cypress in front of Advent Christian church fell across Workman Avenue north of Avenue 26  (We had previously reported this being on Griffin Avenue based on early info). It appears from the photo taken by Carol Reusch that the church’s sign and message board was damaged.

Monterey Hills

Photo by Steven Stensager

Steven Stensager took this photo on Via Marisol in Monterey Hills. “Crazy storm! I’m from Washington State and it reminds me of some of the stuff we’ve seen up north.”

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  1. Thanks Eastsider for providing information and updates, particularly about outages.

  2. Tree down on Vaquero Avenue and Chester in El Sereno.

  3. LincolnHeights Neighbor

    Thank you for the pictures and info really appreciate my fellow neighbors.

  4. The wind was worse then the rain.

  5. What happened to the barriers they put up to address the hysteria of an overflowing L.A. river flooding the valley? Not surprisingly, they weren’t needed last year because of a lack of rain or this year during the wettest year on record. Somebody authorized a huge expense to address a problem that has never actually happened since the river was paved. Including this year and every wet year since.

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