RainPosted: January 24, 2017 Filed under: the California Condition Leave a comment
Fascinating story over at the LA Times, turns out the answer is it rained a lot.
(Damn, between here and Twitter I am just being a snarky lil bitch lately. I blame Trump of course. But I gotta watch myself, work on uplifting rather than degrading discourse)
All this rain in SoCal is a good reminder of what a huge problem flooding is here. Somewhere in an old book I remember a scholar huffily declaring that LA is not in fact a desert, it’s an “arid floodplain.” The devastating flood of 1938 killed something like 115 people.
Flood prevention is why the LA River is all concretey:
My eyes were opened to a lot of this by Wrenshall’s cousin DJ Waldie:
who was Deputy City Manager of Lakewood in addition to being a thoughtful and insightful writer:
I should drive out to Silver Lake and see if there’s water: