Rainy scene

City officials are discussing if Los Angeles is ready for El Niño after seeing the flooding that happened in Boyle Heights earlier this year. In October, a mattress blocked a storm drain causing a Boyle Heights street to get flooded during a storm, resulting in cars trapped and one basement submerged.

Now, Los Angeles is considering suspending trash pickup when there’s heavy rainfall in the forecast, the Los Angeles Times reports. The reasoning is that trash can block storm drains and when residents put their trash cans out on the curb for pick up, heavy rain can knock that trash into the streets, causing drainage back up.

Councilman José Huízar, Boyle Heights’ city council representative, called for city departments to report on their El Niño preparations. A spokesman for Huízar told the Times though that suspending trash pick up may cause more problems if residents are not properly informed.

Boyle Heights Beat

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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