Winter Storms Update (revised March 19, 1 PM)

Check here for updates on winter storm local impacts, as information becomes available.


A closed street entrance to Riverwood/Sunland community with a NO ACCESS electronic sign in the road.

Riverwood (Sunland) Flooding

       Thursday, 3/16 @ 11 AM - FLOODING: As a result of large amounts of water flowing across Big Tujunga Canyon from recent rains and runoff, the Oro Vista Avenue access to Riverwood Ranch community has again been closed, sealing off its main exit. Access is expected to remain limited until at least early April. City emergency vehicles have been prepositioned within Riverwood and temporary access, for residents only, via the Conover fire road to the west is being arranged short-term by City technicians. (See also, LAFD Rescue).


Other Impacts

Crews cleaning mudslide on La Brea.

       (Beginning) Wednesday AM, 3/15 & developing - SLIDE AREAS: Past weeks' rains have created saturated hillsides Citywide. Multiple response agencies are monitoring slides in various locations -- including hillside developments in the Baldwin Hills/Baldwin Vista neighborhoods of South LA where a small number of homes have been tagged for limited access and debris has been cleared from roads.  A portion of South La Brea near Stocker Street was closed for ~10 hours Wednesday.

       Tuesday, 3/14 @ 11 AM - SLIDE AREAS: Due to mudslides during late February storms, at least two localized City road closures remain as a result of debris flow (on the 11400 block of Chalon Drive) and road deterioration and a mudslide (on the 2000 block of Sunset Plaza Drive).


Weather Reports

Next week's expected rains will be presented as a colder storm than the last (lows overnight in the low to mid 40s) and is now expected to two or more inches of rain with the heaviest precipitation beginning early Tuesday, March 21. Moderate possibility of flash flooding in some areas. (See National Weather Service Forecast Discussion).

Rain timing graphic for next week, peaking mon night-tue.  Amounts 1-3 inches except 2 to 5 inches in mountains and hills.
Rainfall total graphic for Monday night through Wednesday. One to three inches of rain expected for coasts and valleys with two to four inches across lower mountains. Mainly snow is expected across higher mountains.


Report Storm Impacts

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Angelenos should contact 9-1-1 for possible life-threatening storm-related emergencies. Call 3-1-1 for other impacts, such as mudslides and street flooding, downed power lines, or fallen trees. 

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Winter Shelters


Shelter Info for Persons Experiencing Homelessness

  Call for LA County Winter Shelters: 2-1-1 or (800) 548-6047


In addition, any LA City indoor public facility may serve as shelter from the rains during normal business hours, including:

Recreation & Parks Facilities

  Public Library Branches


Local Transportation

rain safety talks
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Public Utilities

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Report Local Power Outages

Preparing for & Coping with Outages


Emergency Alerts

During winter storms, the City of Los Angeles will activate its alerting systems for localized issues of significant impact when authorized. Residents in the immediate affected area (those that opted into NotifyLA) will receive directed information, with advice on specific actions to take and where to turn for timely updates. To receive all-weather critical alerts for YOUR area . . .

Register for NotifyLA


Public Health

An {Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory} has been declared for all LA County beaches per @lapublichealth . The advisory will be in effect until 10AM, Monday, March 13th.


Following storms, Public Health will close some local beaches as a result of increased bacterial levels due to runoff from urban streets and storm drains. Check for beach closures at:

 Beach Water Quality Advisories

Public Health Cold Weather Advice


More Resources

More heavy rains will likely return this winter and/or spring. Residents should take several simple steps necessary to protect themselves from injury and their property from storm damage.


Follow LA City Fire & Rescue Alerts

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