LA’s Historic Storms [Slideshow]

El Niño tracking didn’t begin until the 1950s, but Los Angeles has weathered a long history of epic storms and devastating floods. The following two slideshows cover more than 130 years of LA storms from the pre-channelization of the LA River to the previous El Niño in 1997 and the soggy rainy season of 2010.

1880-1959

From 1880-1938, flooding was common in Los Angeles, prompting channelization of the Los Angeles River to quickly shuttle stormwater out to sea.

1960-Present

Today, miles of storm drains help flush stormwater from LA streets into our rivers, creeks and ocean. But they can still get overloaded in heavy storms.  

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