The storm that hit Southern California last weekend brought heavy rains but caused no flooding in the local areas of Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey and Venice, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors officials said.
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief William Bratton had issued a high surf advisory, warning of possible flooding conditions between Tuesday, December 27th, and Saturday, December 31st, after beaches in Venice and along the Marina Peninsula received large swells ranging from ten to 15 feet.
Bratton had said the area of Pacific Avenue to the east, Westminster Avenue to the north, and the Marina del Rey main entrance channel to the south are the most susceptible to moderate to severe flooding.
The police chief said the potential flooding could have resulted in the need for area residents and businesses to evacuate voluntarily.
But Dusty Crane, Beaches and Harbors Department spokeswoman, said no flooding occurred in the local area after the heavy rains last weekend.
“We’re in good shape,” Crane said.
The efforts of the Department of Beaches and Harbors as well as the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Fire Departments helped prepare the local area for the rains and possible flooding” Crane said.
Sand berms set up on the beaches helped prevent any potential flooding, she added.
A storm drain at the end of Culver Boulevard near Trolley Way in Playa del Rey overflowed as a result of the rain Friday, December 30th, but the area was cleared by the time more rain hit Sunday, January 1st, she said.
The rains caused some erosion in Malibu, but the beaches from Will Rogers State Beach in Santa Monica south to Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey all appeared to be in good shape after the rain ended Monday, January 2nd, Crane said.
LAPD West Traffic police said there were no street closures in the Venice and Playa del Rey areas due to the storm.
Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) officials said the city “fared reasonably well” during the recent rainstorm activity due to personal and community storm preparedness.
Several trees and many power line wires toppled throughout the city during the rainstorm, but no deaths were reported as a result of the events, LAFD officials said.
LAFD officials encourage residents to periodically monitor the state’s emergency digital information service Web site at www.edis.ca.gov and to listen to local radio and television stations for any emergency bulletins related to winter storm activity.