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Los Angeles River Rises in Saturday's Storm [Video]

The flooding river took a construction project with it near the 2 Freeway.

 

There's a really good reason that Los Angeles firefighters are trained in swiftwater rescue.

It's called the Los Angeles River.  Often a dribble--when it flows, it flows.

Luckily, lives were at not at stake Saturday, when the work site in the riverbed near the Fletcher Driver bridge in Silver Lake pretty much washed away.

The normally dry channel swelled, really quickly and, presumably, unexpectedly.

Check out some of the damage in the above video.

First the Eastsider reported that several pick up trucks had to flee the area just north of the bridge before 1 p.m.--one of them unsuccessfully--when construction barriers started to break.

We stopped by around 4 p.m. to see no trace of the barrier, just gear stranded in the river-- a genenerator, as well as several tractors.

Post your own photos of the wayward water, which could cause more mischief Saturday night with the rain expected to continue.

Will Campbell November 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Pardon the armchair quarterbacking here, but this was entirely avoidable. There should have been no need for last-minute fleeing and equipment damage/loss. With such advance notice of the storm's approach (and the potential for the river to rise), someone dropped the ball big time in either wrongly presuming the barrier would be sufficient and/or failing to clear and secure the site ahead of time.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@Will-I'm going to reach out to the Army Corps. of Engineers on this one. I would be it's their stuff-- or the LA County Flood Control Disrict--that has jurisdiction over the riverbed in the narrows. AR

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