Usually, this much rain would result in a lot of complaining by the citizens of Los Angeles. Not so this week. With the tsunami in Southeast Asia and all, we really can’t complain much about traffic or getting our feet wet.
However, in _los_angeles yesterday, pictures were posted of what is usually the 110 connector to downtown. I take that freeway all the time, because it goes from the 10 (the Road out of West L.A.) to the 101 (the Road to Hollywood). Yesterday, it became the 110 river. (link goes to post, with pictures, the likes of which I haven’t seen since I first saw flooded freeways in Texas)
It’s winters like this that caused the L.A. river to be lined in concrete and locked up inside its banks. If we’d had this kind of rain seventy years ago, I think a lot of downtown and points south – Watts et al – would be flooded severely by now.
Meanwhile, out here at almost sea level, in Venice, I’ll be happy if our parking garage isn’t flooded and the canals aren’t overflowing. I got home last night to find my entire street covered in running water – from a thin 3/4 inch stream at the top, to four foot wide, five inch deep raging rivers at the curb. I tried to jump that to get onto the sidewalk, and ended up ankle deep in water.
But hey, it’s not a tsunami! And the water’s not QUITE as disgusting as the first rains were earlier this fall. And it’s so warm here that the water, while cold, wasn’t quite the Shooting Pain Cold temperature that puddles are in Vancouver. I had to go back out to my car to get some things after I got inside, so I rolled up my jeans and went barefoot through the ankle-deep waters, rather than sacrifice more shoes, and it wasn’t all that bad.
I think I’ll bike to work so I can pass the Venice canals and see how high the water is.