It’s certainly raining quite a bit in Los Angeles today. In fact, the metro area is getting slammed with one of the strongest storms in years, and it’s dumped enough water so far to prompt street closures and flash flood warnings across most of the southern part of the metro area—where nearly 2.5 inches of rain have fallen in the last three hours.
Just after 2:30, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for a large portion of LA County, including San Pedro, Long Beach, Torrance, Signal Hill and all of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Meanwhile, parts of the 710 and 110 have experienced major flooding and officials have completely shutdown large portions of both freeways.
Additionally, Metro has announced delays along the Silver Line as buses detour to avoid the flooding.
But the chaos isn’t confined to the southern part of the county. Flooding in the valley has forced numerous road closures around Sepulveda Basin, including Burbank Boulevard between Balboa and the 405 (including ramps) as well as Victory and Woodley. A flood advisory has been issued for Lake Balboa and Encino. Further road closures across LA County can be found here.
— LAPD-West Valley (@LAPDwestvalley) January 22, 2017
In Duarte and Santa Clarita, officials have ordered evacuations near recent burn areas, as the torrential rains are likely to trigger flooding and mudslides.
The rain is expected to continue on and off into tomorrow, making it likely that the risk of further flooding will remain high. The LA River is currently running alarmingly high, and the LA County Department of Public Works is warning residents to stay back from both the river and nearby flood control channels, in case water should rise enough to spill over the barriers.
— Mark Pestrella (@mp_LACountyDPW) January 22, 2017
The silver lining of all this stormy weather: the Department of Public Works reports that 296 million gallons of water have been captured since Friday. That’s enough to satisfy the yearly demands of more than 7,000 Angelenos.
— Snicks’ (@SilviiaaVerraa) January 22, 2017
- This month has been Downtown LA’s wettest in six years [Curbed LA]
- How much rain will Los Angeles get? [Curbed LA]