L.A. Mayor Karen Bass declares local state of emergency over storms
City workers have already responded to thousands of storm-related requests in past weeks, most of them while storms continued to drench the city, according to the city’s Department of Public Works.
The Bureau of Street Services has received 557 calls about tree-related emergencies, as well as 610 calls about landslides and mudslides, and 1,542 about potholes.
Meanwhile, LA Sanitation & Environment has reported 385 requests to clear flooding caused by clogged storm drains and catch basins. About 38% of that work has been completed, officials said in a statement.
The bureau has also assisted the California Department of Transportation’s response to a massive sinkhole, 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep, that emerged in Chatsworth.
Bass’ emergency declaration directs city departments to continue assessing estimates on storm damage and seek state and federal assistance. It also asks the governor’s office to waive regulations that would slow recovery efforts.
Close to 105,000 L.A. County residents live in areas that could flood in a 100-year storm, and it has a 1% chance of happening each year, according to the NOAA.
Although Friday was dry and cloudy in Los Angeles, rain is expected Saturday, with “moderate to brief heavy rain” and the possibility of minor flooding in creeks and urban areas. About an inch and a half to 3 inches of precipitation is possible on the coast and valleys, the National Weather Service said.
With hillsides already drenched from past storms, rockslides and mudflows are expected to be a continued threat.
By Sunday afternoon, another storm is expected to move in with isolated thunderstorms possible through Monday.
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