A message from Council District 13 Field Deputy, Mary Rodriguez:
Good Morning Atwater Village Friends,
I know there are a lot of questions regarding the Emergency Management work that the US Army Corps of Engineers is currently undertaking along the LA River to protect your community during the El Nino storms. I am atttaching their website which can answer many of your questions along with the press release from Councilman O'Farrell and the City Council motion on this matter. If you have further questions you can contact me and I will assist the best I am able.
EMERGENCY MOTION TO PROVIDE US ARMY CORPS ACCESS TO
LA RIVER FOR STORM PREPS
Federal government to begin work to prevent possible damage from
rising waters due to inclement weather
CITY HALL -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell introduced an emergency motion today [ATTACHED] that directs City departments to help facilitate the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ action to begin emergency preventative work in preparation for El Niño storms that could potentially have a significant impact on the Los Angeles River.
“We should not let the last few days of sunshine lull us into a false sense of security,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “This El Niño weather pattern in particular is very unpredictable and will require our partners on the federal level to take special preventive measures for those who live in neighborhoods along the LA River. I want to thank the USACE and the County Department of Public Works and City departments for their efforts to improve greater public safety during this rainy season.”
The USACE recently received emergency funding to begin work this week on an area of the LA River that spans from Griffith Park to Elysian Valley. The work will involve removing some invasive species of vegetation and debris, and the installation of temporary 4-foot tall HESCO baskets (industrial size sandbags) that will aim to raise the walls and temporarily restrict access to the banks of the River.
“There will be intermittent, temporary closures related to the placement of the barriers, and that does mean there will be inconveniences along the pathway,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “This is a Federal Agency (USACE) declaring a state of emergency because of a very real, although remote, chance of the river overflowing its banks during one of the many El Nino related storms expected to occur during the next three months, and we must all comply.”
The emergency work required action from the Los Angeles City Council to allow the USACE right-of-way entry to the LA River levees, and require the closing of some sections of the LA River bike and pedestrian pathway as needed through mid April.
The work is expected to take several weeks, with the installations expected to remain in place through the spring.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is working on compiling and distributing a list of closures for the bike and pedestrian pathway along the LA River.