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.


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


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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