A rainstorm believed to be part of the predicted El Niño set to hit California is on its way to Los Angeles and that brings concerns for Boyle Heights streets. The Los Angeles Times reports that LA’s Bureau of Sanitation has cleaned all 40,000 of the city’s water catch basins and removed debris from openings in those basins.
The rain became an issue in October when a storm flooded Boyle Heights streets leaving one basement partially submerged. A mattress blocked a nearby storm drain giving the water nowhere to go. That storm dumped more than an inch of rain per hour and that’s more than what storm drains in LA are capable of handling, the sanitation department tells the LA Times.
You can report illegal dumping and street side garbage by calling the sanitation bureau’s 24-hour hotline, (800) 773-2489.